Combining Music & Reading: My Name is Chicken Joe - CONTEST

My boys love books. And they love music. So My Name is Chicken Joe was sure to be a hit in my house, as it combines a storybook and music CD to bring reading to life for the kids. The illustrations in this hard cover book are sketchy, colorful and full of life. They perfectly complement the written lyrics and accompanying CD.

You can't just read My Name is Chicken Joe. You have to sing it. And trust me, my kids don't care how bad my singing is. But my reading beat did improve once I popped the CD in the player so I knew how the lyrics were intended to be read. My littlest one was bouncing to the music as my oldest looked through the pages.

My Name is Chicken Joe features the music and lyrics of family/kids music stars Trout Fishing in America. Trout Fishing in America was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for Best Musical Album for Children and the Storybook-Music CD is based around the the band’s song “Chicken Joe”. The CD has 11 Trout Fishing in America songs in total, all previously released, and can be kept in the CD pocket on the book's back cover. Songs include:
  1. Chicken Joe
  2. My Best Day
  3. I Can Dance
  4. Something Sweet
  5. It's a Puzzle
  6. Fill it Up
  7. Why I Pack My Lunch
  8. La La Land
  9. Boiled Okra and Spinach
  10. Hard Ball
  11. Count on Me
Want a sneak peek at the 1st song and a few pages from the book? Click here: Sneak Peek or play the video below.

Trout Fishing in America has earned widespread critical praise from USA Today, Billboard and The Los Angeles Times, which touted the band as “Some of the most lyrically creative, musically sophisticated, vocally muscular music-makers in the family music business.” The duo formed by Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet was also recently included in Performing Songwriter’s Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the Last 15 Years list. Trout Fishing in America will be touring throughout the first half of 2009. You can see the dates listed below!

The best news is that My Name is Chicken Joe is being released TODAY via Canadian publishing house The Secret Mountain.

Songs by: Trout Fishing in America
Illustrations by: Stephane Jorisch
Suggested Retail: $16.95


January 17 Cactus Café Austin, TX

January 18 Mucky Duck Houston, TX

January 30 Thunderbird Inn Florissant, CO

January 31 Swallow Hill Denver, CO

February 7 Grammy Museum (Grammy Awards Children’s Fest. Los Angeles, CA

February 7 Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga, CA

February 14 Yucca Theater Midland, TX

February 21 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA

March 7 Nat’l Museum of Air Force Modern Flight Gal’y Wright-Patterson, OH

March 14 Miller Center for the Arts Redding, PA

March 21 Colonial Theatre Pittsfield, MA

March 22 171 Cedar Arts Corning, NY

March 28 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA

March 29 Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA

April 3 Dalhousie Community Centre Calgary, AB

April 18 Free Library of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA

April 24 Uptown Theater Grand Prairie, TX

April 25 Duck Jam at Lake Bryan Bryan, TX

April 26 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA

April 30 Flickinger Center of Performing Arts Alamogordo, NM

May 2 Northwest Arkansas Mall Fayetteville, AR

May 10 Hancher Auditorium Iowa City, IA

May 15-16 Rosewood Center for Family Arts Dallas, TX

May 22-23 Riverfest Little Rock, AR

May 24 Jiggle Jam Kansas City, MO

May 30-31 Kerrville Folk Festival Kerrville, TX

June 21-28 Alaskan Cruise Various Cities

August 8-9 J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA

September 26 Braeside Community Center Calgary, AB

You can win a copy of My Name is Chicken Joe, the Storybook/CD combo. To enter, visit the Trout Fishing in America website and tell me what other CD you and your children may like.

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Contest Ends April 21st. Please refer to complete contest rules.