Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The popular nursery rhyme 'This Old Man' gets a fresh twist in this picture book filled with rhyming and counting fun. . . . Clever use of alliteration and rhyme, as well as laugh-out-loud funny tongue-twisters, complement the singsong nature of the story, making this an ideal book for both storytimes and one-on-one sharing. The bright, lively cartoon art complements the story, blending likability with silliness, and is sure to encourage readers to sing along." School Library Journal
"Counting and silly sounds merge in this boisterous Wild West riff on 'This Old Man.' . . . A rowdy sing-along that may inspire kids' own musical improvisations." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Tamera Will Wissinger
is an up-and-coming poet and childrens author. Wissinger has a masters degree in writing, and her book Gone Fishing
was released by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children in March 2013. Wissinger lives with her husband in Vero Beach, Florida.
Matt Loveridge is an illustrator and writer with a refreshingly light style. Loveridge illustrated the new Looniverse series of early chapter books from Scholastic, as well as other childrens books. Loveridges art is upbeat and bold, and he lives with his wife and their five children in Utah.