OverviewChicken Joe, oddly enough a cat who sleeps in the hen house, is abruptly awoken one morning by roosters playing rock ‘n’ roll. Somehow he’s forgotten that it’s not just a day like any other; it’s his birthday! Making his way to the farmhouse for breakfast, Chicken Joe meets up with his friends, all of whom would rather joke around than remind the cat that today’s his birthday. After all, they've planned a surprise party for their buddy. The chickens Helen and Hilda have baked a cake; Miss Kitty, the little dog from the city, has made a fish piñata; and the mule, Mister, has gathered up some funny hats and noisy kazoos. Will Chicken Joe finally remember that today’s a very special day, or will his friends have to tell him? In addition to narrating their story, the internationally renowned Trout Fishing in America performs 11 songs on the accompanying CD. Their witty, engaging lyrics—demonstrated on “Rock and Roll Roosters,” “Me to Know and You to Find Out,” “C-A-T in the H-E-N House,” and “You’ve Got a Funny Name”—and splendid musicianship combine several musical styles including rock, country, folk, pop, and blues.
Reviews"Rare mix of musicianship, humor and inspiration" —Billboard
"Those familiar with the acoustic duo Trout Fishing in America appreciate their uncanny ability to create a full-bodied ensemble sound." —Guitar Player
"Their songs, ranging from goofy to touching, speak to kids not at them." —Booklist
“Grimwood and Idlet are the Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music.”—NPR
"[The authors] embody a kind of goofball gestalt at odds with the sugary sweet format of so much other music for the younger crowd." —New York Times
Author BiographyTrout Fishing in America is a four-time Grammy-nominated duo formed by Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. They are the authors of My Name Is Chicken Joe and have earned widespread critical praise from publications such as Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and USA. They both live in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Stéphane Jorisch is the illustrator of several books, including Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire, I Remember Miss Perry, My Father Knows the Names of Things, and Suki's Kimono. He is a four-time winner of the Governor General’s Literature Award in Children’s Literature Illustration as well as the recipient of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Ruth-Schwartz Children’s Book Award, and the TD Bank Financial Group Canadian Children's Literature Award. He lives in Montreal, Québec.