TITLE: Baxter Barret Brown’s Cowboy Band
AUTHOR: Tim A. McKenzie
ILLUSTRATOR: Elaine Atkinson
So, Baxter Barret Brown’s Cowboy Band looked interesting enough and I picked it up to check it out and realized it came with a CD of bass fiddle music.
*Sigh* I really shouldda left this one on the display.
I googled the guy and apparently he’s a moderately successful fiddler, so of course he’d write a series about it (Note – I had no idea, apparently this is book 2).
I wanted to like this book, but it’s every single stereotype that I hate and by the time I was 2 pages in, I realized I was using one of those hick accents to read with because the book is written with the expectation of one.
But the book is… weird. BBB wants to fiddle with the cowboys so he takes his Bass, which is about 3x the size of Baxter, shows up at a ranch, and proves all the ways he and his bass can be useful – melting down a string for a branding iron, using it as a bridge for cows, a wagon, a…. ARGH. You don’t treat an instrument like that and doing it cutesy in a book like this for kids isn’t going to teach kids how to treat an instrument. (And yes, I do expect a little realism in my children’s books, even the silly ones… FIT THE WORLD YOUR STORY IS IN)
The words are part of the illustrations and in some places are a little hard to read. Also, the toddler had ZERO interest in this book when I tried to read it to him.
The music on the CD isn’t bad, but it’s not worth the book.
I’m giving it 2/5 pages for the book and 3/5 musical notes for the CD. Because I can.