Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 9
- Grade: p to 4
The rhythmic, vibrant verse text, peppered with lively onomatopoeic sounds, dances off the pages, begging to be read aloud. Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews.
A rolllicking, rhyming picture book about music-making critters, community and friendship.
The music train was a happy sight
Clickity-clackity three on bikes
Rolling in for a great big night.
When three travelling frog musicians roll through the forest on their painted bicycles, the other animals know they're in for a great big party. Only one of them is not having fun: grumpy old grouse. Just as he's telling everyone to stop with their foolish racket, their ruckus, their riff-raff, a great big storm rolls through the woods and puts an end to all the fun. When they emerge in the sleepy, dewy dawn, the animals see that grouse's home is ruined, and quickly band together to help him. Together, the frog musicians and their friends show grouse that music is for more than just a party: a fiddle, a golden guitar, and a drum, when played just right, can do just as much good as the knock-knock-bang of fixing and making brand-new.
Kate Inglis's playful and inventive language and Josée Bisaillon's rich and textured illustrations bring to life this happy group of friends filling the great green forest with their music. A wonderful testament to community-building, music-making, and friendship.
About the authors
Kate Inglis is a writer, photographer, and mother of two boys. The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoodsis her first novel, but she has been writing professionally for more than ten years--and since 2004 on her blog (sweetsalty.com), which has earned widespread recognition and a readership of thousands. Kate lives in Nova Scotia, where she was born.
Josée Bisaillon a illustré plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et créé de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a été finaliste au Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général à deux reprises et a remporté le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatrième ouvrage de Josée avec Orca, après My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 écrit par Eric Walters, un succès de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montréal avec sa famille.