Rocking out on her banjo, the bodacious Catfish Kate gradually adds members to her band ("Hum strum/ rattle-rattle/ tootle-ootle croon/ scritch-scratch/ zing zang/ underneath the moon"). But conflict arises when the girls' music interrupts the quiet that Skink and his Skunktail Boys need for reading. Smith (See How They Run) adds plenty of comical visual details to his cartoonlike illustrations of the swampy nocturnal setting-flashlights attached to branches allow the skink and skunks to read, while band member Spider hangs by a thread to "scritch-scratch" a record. The rhythm of the narrative stumbles briefly when Weeks (Bunny Fun) sets up the feud, which escalates until "Kate said, 'WAIT! There has to be a way/ for you to have your quiet, while we still get to play./ We have to find a compromise,/ that's what we need to do.' " A skunk asks, "What's a compromise?" but Weeks defines the term only by example-cattail fluff as earplugs lets the two groups coexist peaceably. Weeks's morality tale has bounce, but kids may remain confused about what a compromise entails (besides plugging one's ears). Ages 4-8. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Bandby Sarah Weeks
Catfish Kate and her all-girl band liven up the bayou with their rockin’ tunes, but the Skunktail Boys are demanding a little peace and quiet. The boys want to read. The girls want to play. And the swamp’s not big enough for the both of them! Or is it? A rhythmic read-aloud about the power of compromise from bestselling author Sarah Weeks. Catfish Kate
Catfish Kate and her all-girl band liven up the bayou with their rockin’ tunes, but the Skunktail Boys are demanding a little peace and quiet. The boys want to read. The girls want to play. And the swamp’s not big enough for the both of them! Or is it? A rhythmic read-aloud about the power of compromise from bestselling author Sarah Weeks. Catfish Kate is a pure swampy delight, full of sass appeal for crooners, rockers, and readers alike.
"Hum strum/rattle-rattle/tootle-ootle croon./Sweet swamp music underneath the moon." Catfish Kate is playing her banjo with her friends Snake, Newt, and Skeeter, but Skink and his Skunktail Boys complain. They have come to the swamp to read and they want QUIET! When the two arguing groups reach an impasse, Kate calls her girl band away to search for a compromise. The Skunktail Boys think they've won but wait! Kate has an ace up her sleeve, and all ends well: "Happily ever after/underneath the moon." The text is short and rhythmic with many noisy sounds, and the colorful cartoon illustrations burst with lively motion. Although there are various other "band" picture books, some also with onomatopoeic sounds, this rhyming romp emphasizes the importance of compromise. It would be a good jumping-off point for a discussion on conflict resolution as well as just a fun read-aloud.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Meet the Author
Sarah Weeks has written more than forty picture books and novels for children and young adults, including If I Were a Lion and Two Eggs, Please. She lives in New York City. Find out more at sarahweeks.com.
Elwood H. Smith is the illustrator of The Truth About Poop and Gee Whiz! It’s All About Pee by Susan E. Goodman. His illustrations have also appeared regularly in the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York. Visit his website at elwoodsmith.com.
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