Trout Fishing in America, four time Grammy nominees and one of the most popular family music bands in the nation, have come out with a second adventure for Chicken Joe, the cat who sleeps in the chicken coop. The new offering is Chicken Joe Forgets Something, a hardcover book and CD published by The Secret Mountain. Trout Fishing consists of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet, multi-talented musicians who create a sound much bigger than the average duet.
In this story, Chicken Joe has a nagging feeling that he has forgotten something. Strolling around the farmyard checking in with his friends, he gets one clue after another and finally remembers that it's his birthday. The book is charmingly illustrated by Stephan Jorisch, whose lively images show a stylishly wacky cast of animal characters with lots of details kids will enjoy looking at over and over.
Along with the book comes a CD containing 11 original songs, a home movie of the band made in Ezra's treehouse, and a printable PDF file of the story, including the illustrations. This makes the package useful for the classroom or home school schoolroom, as well as adding to the fun.
If you haven't heard Trout Fishing, you should. Their music is a pleasure for adults to listen to, as well as for kids. It's danceable, witty, and has a serious rock'n'roll beat. "16 or 17 Hours of Sleep" , with a frenetic beat that makes the lyrics even funnier, is turning out to be a favorite from this recording, but don't miss the rockabilly "Rock and Roll Roosters" or "Through the Pines." In fact, don't miss any of the songs.
I'm glad to see the band continuing to produce books. In fact, I prefer this to their first book, My Name is Chicken Joe. Fun as that book was, Chicken Joe Forgets Something has a stronger story line and stands better on its own as a picture book.
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