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A Great Big Night

by Kate Inglis

tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), music, friendship, frogs & toads
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list price: $13.95
edition:Paperback
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published: May 2022
pages: 32
ISBN:9781774710883
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
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A rollicking, rhyming picture book about music-making and community, now available in paperback! Starred Kirkus review

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 Author
Kate Inglis is an award-winning author who writes books about pirates and giants and mermaids and magic and all the stars and all the ways we love each other. And frogs in a teeny-tiny folk band. Sometimes for kids and sometimes for grown-ups, Kate's novels and poetry are a mish-mash, and always infused with the salt, woodsmoke, and fresh air of the North Atlantic coast. Everyone knows mish-mashes keep you sharp.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 9
Grade:
p to 4
Editorial Review

"The arrival of a troupe of itinerant musicians means it's time for a "great big night" for all — except one grumbling grouse. When the "music train," consisting of three frogs on painted bicycles with an eclectic assemblage of musical instruments, pedals into the "great green forest," excited animals quickly gather. As the frogs play loud, bouncy music, the animals dance jigs, spin reels, sing, and stomp until Grouse intervenes, shouting, "No good comes from a ruckus," and ordering them to "lay off this?this?RIFF-RAFF!? Then a thunderstorm sends everyone into hiding during a “long and boggle-eyed night,? but the following morning the sun shines for all" except Grouse, whose home and treasures have been destroyed. Before Grouse knows what's happening, however, the frogs start playing their music, drawing all the animals "lickety-split" to help their grouchy, needy neighbor. The rhythmic, vibrant verse text, peppered with lively onomatopoeic sounds, dances off the pages, begging to be read aloud. Wild, whimsical, and slightly surreal illustrations, rendered in sprightly collage and brilliantly colored paint, perfectly capture the raucous energy of the jiving frogs and hilarious bevy of cavorting animals as well as the terror of the fierce storm and the harmonious, attitude-altering camaraderie of neighbors helping one another." Riff-raff rules in this joyful, playful, high energy "great big night." (Picture book. 5-8) — Kirkus Reviews, starred