THIS OLD BAND by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matt Loveridge, from Sky Pony Press.

Cover art by Matt Loveridge. This Old Band released on June 3, 2014.

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. Click here to connect to THIS OLD BAND on Goodreads.

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Here is the book trailer for This Old Band:


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What Reviews Say:

"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

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This Old Band Honors and Awards:

2015 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Bell Awards Nominee, "SING" Category

2015 Read to the Rhythm - For Little Ones (ages two-five) selection

2015 Chicago Public Library "Giddy Up!" Book

2014 Southwest Book of the Year for Kids, Pima County, Arizona Library

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Fun with Readers and This Old Band:

The clever display at the Vero Beach Book Center.

With Mrs. Mulcahy's kindergarten class. Spring 2015. 

A thank you note from the whole class.