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Thousand Star Hotel

Thousand Star Hotel

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: The Okee Dokee Brothers
Illustrator: Brandon Reese
ISBN: 9781454918301
Hardcover Price: $17.95

The Grammy Award-winning family folk artists Okee Dokee Brothers (Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing) offer a down-home retelling of the fairy tale about the fisherman and his wife granted wishes by a magical fish. In this version, Mr. and Mrs. Muskrat live in an old cabin "near a big old river" and are happy with their lot in life until "after much strugglin', tugglin', yankin', and crankin' " Mr. Muskrat hauls up a magic catfish that promises to grant wishes in return for its release. Mrs. Muskrat would be contented with a new soup kettle, say, or a warm quilt, but Mr. Muskrat gets carried away with ever-more grandiose visions, culminating in his wish for "a thousand star hotel." That wish is granted, not as Mr. Muskrat expects, but in a way that leaves the couple filled with gratitude for their humble home, the night sky, and each another. Brandon Reese's full-bleed, full-color illustrations capture the country feel of the setting; his rendering of the enormous, golden catfish is a hoot. The full-length companion CD features the Okee Dokee Brothers' engaging audio narration of the book and performance (with other notable artists) of 11 original musical tracks.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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