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Ol' Bloo's Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble

Jan Huling

Nominee:Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award -Picture Book (2012)
Nominee:Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award -Grades 3-5 (2013)
Ol' Bloo Donkey is dreaming of retirement, but he's got something different in mind than Farmer Brown.

Ol' Bloo has spent year after year hauling cotton and dreaming of the day when he could retire from the fields and become a honky-tonk singer. But when he overhears Farmer Brown's ominously permanent retirement plan for him, Ol' Bloo decides it's time to hit the road.

Brayin' and hee-hawin' his way toward the bright lights of New Orleans, Ol' Bloo meets up with Gnarly Dog, One-Eyed Lemony Cat, and Rusty Red Rooster, all eager to join him for a lucrative second career. But when the ragtag quartet stumbles upon a tumbledown shack occupied by a band of thieves, their plans take a sudden and unexpected turn...

Jan Huling's down-home retelling of Grimm's The Bremen Town Musicians set along the Texas-Louisiana border is filled with wit and charm. Illustrator Henri Sørensen's full-color paintings capture the unique backwoods setting and distinctive personalities of the characters.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Sep 7th, 2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.70in - 10.88in - 0.35in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781561454365
  • Recommended age: 05-08
  • Categories: Animals - Farm AnimalsFairy Tales & Folklore - AdaptationsPerforming Arts - Music

About the Author

Huling, Jan: - Jan Huling was born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis. She is the author of Ol' Bloo's Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble and Puss In Cowboy Boots. Huling lives in New Jersey.
Sorensen, Henri: - Henri Sorensen has illustrated over twenty books for children, including The Yellow Star, The Printer, and Christmas in the Trenches. He is also the author-illustrator of two children's books, New Hope and Your First Step. Sorensen lives in Denmark.

Praise for this book

Bayou cadences, outre metaphors for each animal's singing and an easy way with a rueful folkloric voice make this a treasure.--Kirkus Reviews

Huling has fun with dialogue and details. . . Sorensen's oils are softly fulsome, too, focusing on the homely, comic personalities of the animals and humans.--School Library Journal

Read-aloud audiences will giggle at the dialect, nonstop action, and atmospheric descriptions of Huling's retelling.--Publishers Weekly