Chuck's Band

Chuck's Band

by Peggy Perry Anderson
     
 

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Listen up, Old MacDonald! Following the charming appeal of Chuck’s Truck, this tale sees Chuck and his barnyard friends forming a band, and boy howdy, these critters can really play! Join the ruckus with Peggy Perry Anderson’s toe-tapping, knee-slapping rhymes and bright illustrations introducing all of the musicians and their different instruments.…  See more details below

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Listen up, Old MacDonald! Following the charming appeal of Chuck’s Truck, this tale sees Chuck and his barnyard friends forming a band, and boy howdy, these critters can really play! Join the ruckus with Peggy Perry Anderson’s toe-tapping, knee-slapping rhymes and bright illustrations introducing all of the musicians and their different instruments. While Chuck plays the banjo, the goat, Flo, joins him on her mandolin, and all the rest make music too: “With a strum and a hum, a peck and a pluck, they all played a tune while the chicken went, ‘Cluck.’” But what is the matter with Fat Cat Pat? Does she want her own instrument too, or is something else making that cat blue?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-K- A simple rhyming tale of latent musical talent let loose. Each barnyard animal-except a green cat-finds its instrument and joins the hoedown. A large red hound strums a guitar as a small white Terrier blows on a harmonica. A duck pecks on a washboard, and a donkey taps on a bucket. Drawn in bright crayon, the characters are complemented by the green grass, a blue acrylic sky, and the outline of the yellow farmhouse. One page reads, "Tuck plays the guitar-/strum, strum,/strum! Nip plays harmonica-hum,/hum, hum!" To the right of the spread a spotted cow and pink pig seem to be repressing a jig ("The big cow Lou and the/little sow Sue wanted to/make some/music, too"). Emerging readers will find the large print accessible as well as the mirroring relationship between text and illustration. Preschoolers will delight in this read-aloud that has much potential for participation-spoons, knee slapping, and clapping. One caution: the foot-stompin' rhythm may leave some adults with a fiddle sound reeling through their heads.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA

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Kirkus Reviews
While cogitating in his rocking chair, green cat resting at his feet, Farmer Chuck gets a notion and goes into town to Ariel's Music Store. He buys a banjo for himself and a mandolin for goat Flo. Once they start playing, other farm animals run to join in, starting with dogs Nip and Tuck (on harmonica and guitar, respectively). The big cow Lou joins in on the washtub, and sow Sue adds a mean fiddle. Chuck goes back to town for more instruments, adding a bass violin for Huck the workhorse and a washboard for Luck the duck. The chicken and Buck the mule add vocals. Poor Fat Cat Pat feels left out. Chuck takes her to town, where he buys the cat a pair of earmuffs, perfect for sitting at her master's feet as the band plays on. Bright acrylics, a cleverly rollicking text and the introduction of many farm animals and instruments nudge this above average. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher

"[T]his pleasing picture book would make a good intro to musical activities for young children." Booklist 02/15/08 Booklist, ALA

"Bright acrylics, a cleverly rollicking text and the introduction of many farm animals and instruments nudge this above average."—Kirkus Kirkus Reviews

"… comical art and rhythmic text will keep the youngest chuckling, while the entertaining rhymes are great for new readers." Horn Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547562223
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
44 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


PEGGY PERRY ANDERSON is a former elementary school art teacher who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has written six early readers about Joe the Frog. They include Let's Clean Up, Joe on the Go, To the Tub, Out to LunchTime for Bed, the Babysitter Said, and I Can Help!.

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