"An exceptionally talented junkyard dog gets his due in this picture-book tribute to the blues," said PW. "Youngsters will take to this canine crooner." Ages 4-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
- Children's Literature
Flats Brown was a guitar pickin', blues singin' junkyard dog from Mississippi. Ill-treated by A. J. Grubbs, the junkyard owner, he and pal Caleb take to the road and head for Memphis. On Beale Street the two found success, a success that took them clear to New York City. Soulful tunes like "Here Ain't No Use Running Blues," "The Dog Gone Long Blues" and "The Junkyard Heap" chronicled Flats' and Caleb's life on the run. Dogging their every step was A. J. Grubbs, determined to return Flats to the junkyard. At a showdown one stormy night, Flats realizes that Grubbs was a throw away just like he was and penned "The Gritty Grubbs Blues" a tune that touched Grubbs "deep down inside, the way the blues do." With the song to cheer him on, Grubbs returned to the junkyard alone and the doggone duo pondered their next move. The canine pair are two cool dudes. Myers employs language that moves slowly and languorously like the blues. Double spread pastels of smoky clubs, doleful heroes, and a nasty villain are extraordinary. A great read aloud that will warm the coldest heart. 2000, Holiday, Ages 6 to 12, $16.95. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
The sometimes gritty world of the blues is authentically captured in this story of a guitar-playing dog from the Bayou. An interested student group can learn to play the song included in the endpapers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.