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Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band Hardcover – August 22, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked that the author reinforced what the jazz terms were by providing a glossary at the end of the book. I think that will be helpful to older children, though unless they hear the actual music, I don't think the musical terms like "scat" are going to mean that much to them.
The graphics were gorgeous in the book, covering the pages with images and color, making the book eye-catching. My only complaint, and this is because I know from observation that it's something that little kids enjoy in books, is that there are no - for want of a better term - subplots to the images. You get the straight scene and that's it, with no secondary or tertiary characters doing anything in the background (e.g. two mice in a jazz club sitting at a table with one giving the other a rose). When reading books to little kids, those tiny little scenes help to create a better sense of place in stories and sometimes are the things that pique their interest in the graphics more, not to mention giving jump-off points to the adult reading the story to them to elaborate on, providing a greater depth to the scene and text.
The book is sturdy so it should hold up for years. I liked that the topic was about jazz because I think that it's important for kids to learn about and be exposed to all types of music to broaden their appreciation of it. It's a good book and I would recommend it to any parent whose child likes either music or animals.
The artwork is terrific. I wish it had ALL been in vivid color, but I can see how how putting parts of the pages in shadow emphasizes the focus. It is also a lot like the atmosphere of musicians. There is area that is highly lighted and area that is not.
The glossaries are highly educational and make the book very useable for giving new knowledge to young and older about jazz.
It is a beautiful book, and definitely makes me smile!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love how they play on the names of the great musicians.Published 8 months ago by Rev. Kevin W. Earley
This book is a MUST if you love music. The references in the book are great and the kids love it!Published 12 months ago by Kristi Gatto
Super cute book! I'm going to have to read it to my preschool students and see what kind of things they can come up with about this story! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Erin
We just bought this book from the author at our local farmer's market. Who knew we had an author and poet living a mile away? Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Kathryn McGill
I read this to my daughter at the local library and thought it would be a great book to buy and gift to her kindergarten class after reading it to them for her birthday. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Stephanie Mashia
We met Mr Kwame at a farmers market. He is as passionate about his book as he is for his audience. Our daughter loves the book, and even learned how to swoon! Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Dhuff
My grandfather was a jazz pianist and I know he would have gotten a kick out of this book. I enjoy reading it to my daughter and it's a fun little story with bright and colorful... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Summer B. Frace
I have to say that "Acoustic Rooster" has been more for my amusement than for my daughter's. It's the story of a rooster who plays the bass guitar (not an acoustic guitar) and... Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by J. GARRATT
The clever integration of jazz history into this well-illustrated children's book really causes it to shine. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by AB Shaeffer