This Old Band
Overview - What kinds of instruments would you imagine a band of cowboys playing? Surely nothing fancy, but they can still make do with what they have, like jugs, combs, boots, and whatever else they can find. Out on the open range, with no one to tell them to quit their hollerin', a cowboy band counts from ten to one in a tune children are familiar with. Read more...
More About This Old Band by Tamera Will Wissinger; Matt Loveridge
What kinds of instruments would you imagine a band of cowboys playing? Surely nothing fancy, but they can still make do with what they have, like jugs, combs, boots, and whatever else they can find. Out on the open range, with no one to tell them to quit their hollerin', a cowboy band counts from ten to one in a tune children are familiar with. Silly phrases, toe-tapping rhythms, and the occasional twist make these cowpokes a great addition to any story-time or bedtime lineup.
Featuring a ragtag group of cowboys from author Tamera Will Wissinger, and colorful, offbeat illustrations by Matt Loveridge, This Old Band
is sure to delight children and adults alike (and teach kids a few things about counting and noises) with a fun take on a popular nursery rhyme.
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Counting and silly sounds merge in this boisterous Wild West riff on "This Old Man." Set on the range, Wissinger's (Gone Fishing) song counts down from 10 to one while nine scruffy cowboys and one stylish cowgirl play makeshift instruments (jug, washtub, cowbell) that make tongue-twisting noises. As the cowboys take their turns in the spotlight, the verses reference objects and animals germane to the remote setting, which readers can spot in the background: "Number eight/ Plays click click./ Eight plays click click with a stick./ With a tick tick boodle pick,/ Play a mustang song./ This old band plays all day long." Loveridge, the illustrator of David Lubar's Looniverse series, offers loopy, borderline garish caricatures full of long-limbed, mustachioed cowpokes singing, dancing, and playing their instruments amid the dusty plains, scrubby underbrush, mountains, and mesas of the west. A rowdy sing-along that may inspire kids' own musical improvisations. Ages 3–6. Author's agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. Illustrator's agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (June)