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Gr 1-3–Many readers will recognize the cover silhouette of four animals standing tall on one another's backs. The donkey, dog, cat, and rooster are surely those familiar music makers from Bremen. Huling casts them as the Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble in this humorous spin on the Grimms' tale. As in Puss in Cowboy Boots (S & S, 2002), she sets her retelling in the rural South. Ol' Bloo Donkey, overhearing Farmer Brown's decision that “we can't afford to feed no critter that can't work,” runs off “to seek fame and fortune, hee-hawin' all the way.” He sets his sights on singing in a New Orleans honky-tonk and soon acquires a band of sorry cohorts. As expected, nightfall brings them to a cabin occupied by “three rough, tough, ugly-lookin' thieves, jest glarin' at one another and pickin' their teeth with their knives.” Huling has fun with dialogue and details, casting them in down-home language for a fulsome embellishment of the spare original. Sørensen's oils are softly fulsome, too, focusing on the homely, comic personalities of the animals and humans. Small, black-silhouette scenes facing many paintings are a suggestive tie to the original tale. Though the narrators are a bit loquacious, the rhythmic prose moves nicely. Some of the jazzy terms will be more familiar to adults, who are probably the most likely audience anyway for this spoof. The story should read aloud well, and the One-Eyed Lemony Cat all puffed up and screechin' in the match light of the thief will scare and delight many a viewer.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Bostonα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Read-aloud audiences will giggle at the dialect, nonstop action, and atmospheric descriptions of Huling's retelling..." ?Publishers Weekly
"...Bayou cadences, outre metaphors for each animal's singing and an easy way with a rueful folkloric voice make this a treasure." ?Kirkus Reviews

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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Awards 2013 Grades 3-5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561454362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561454365
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ol' Bloo's Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble" is an illustrated Southern tale for children ages 6-10 about an old donkey whose dreams of retirement are interrupted by the threatening musings of Farmer Brown, who had decided to put the "poor beast outta his misery." A change of career is just what he needs, he decides, maybe a life in music. Off Bloo goes, hee-hawin' all the way. Soon he finds another rustic musician and eventually his troupe is filled out with Ol' Gnarly Dog, a hound, One-Eyed Lemony Cat, Rusty Red Rooster "whose voice sounded like a player piano bein' hit with an ax." Naturally their first volunteer gig is an unqualified success, scaring off a group of three thieves from a cabin with their melodious sounds. These unlikely heroes, the Deep South Bremen Musicians are quite clever in using their musical talents to defend their gains, and they retire to the comfy cabin in the woods the thieves relinquished to them. Even though they never quite make it to the big time, or honky-tonk in New Orleans, They have the perfect retirement. "Them big city folks never knew what they missed!" "Ol' Bloo's Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble" is a handstanding hoot and a half for youngsters to hear and to read, and the luscious shadowy paintings in russet hues add just the right tinge of Old South vibrancy and color.
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This delightful retelling of the old favorite Bremen Town Musicians is sure to attract audiences. This book's regional flavor and use of language is also appealing. I read it aloud to a friend just after I received it. This would make a good read aloud for children of any age. I laughed aloud several times at the animal's antics. I can't wait to share this book and recommend it to friends.
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We live in Shreveport, LA and currently I'm in charge of a drama club for early elementary homeschoolers. The kids loved this book, especially since we live right around the area the author set the story in! We decided to make this our annual play, and we'll be performing it for the parents in May. I love the fact that it blends many different elements - the old folk tale of The Musicians of Bremen with a vernacular southern drawl, action, comedy, and, of course, a happy ending. You won't be disappointed.
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