A Review of "Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band" in Washington Parent
With his wild, feathered head and bass-guitar skills, Rooster is one cool cat … er, fowl. And with the big barnyard talent show coming up, he wants to put together the best jazz band ever. Author Kwame Alexander riffs off the names of, and introduces young readers to, jazz greats, which are snazzily depicted by illustrator Tim Bowers. There’s the elegant pianist Duck Ellington, the honey-voiced Bee Holiday and shades-wearing trumpet master Mules Davis. Though he doesn’t win the talent show, Rooster and his band (and young readers) have a great time. Back matter includes a glossary of jazz terms and a brief description of the featured musicians.