Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Thousand Star Hotel

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Thousand Star Hotel
Illustrated by Brandon Reese
Published March 7, 2017
Sterling Children's
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary 
The Grammy®-winning Okee Dokee Brothers create a fanciful story—inspired by the folktale “The Fisherman and His Wife”—about the things we wish for . . . and the things we really need.
"I’m sleepin’ in a thousand star hotel.
Gold leaf pillow for my head.
Feel like a king on a king-size riverbed."

Once upon a time there were two muskrats who lived in a cabin near a big old river. Mr. Muskrat dreamt of catching enough fish to make them rich; Mrs. Muskrat was happy if they caught enough for a good supper. Then, one day, they reel in a giant golden catfish who promises to grant their wish if they set him free. The two muskrats agree to let the fish off the hook and he does keep his word . . . but in a most unexpected and magical way. (from the publisher's website).

My Thoughts
This classic folktale is reimagined in this lovely book that reminds readers of wants, needs and what truly makes us happy. 
The illustrations are excellent! Images are presented in circles frames or cover the entire page from top to bottom. The book has a thick cover and sturdy rounded pages that beg for rereadings. 
The folktale lends itself to rich discussions about wishes, desires and gratitude. 
It comes with a 12-track cd sung by The Okee Dokee Brothers. 
I would recommend this book for grades 1-4.

Watch the trailer.
Thousand Star Hotel (preview, book trailer) from Sterling Publishing on Vimeo.

Here is some music from the cd.

See what others have to say about this book:
The Children's Book Review
The Hungry Bookworm

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