The streets of the village of La Paz ring with song, both the musical kind and the symphony of life.
La Paz can be a noisy place where it’s hard to sleep or think, so the villagers fire the mayor. The new guy outlaws loud singing in the street, and things get better. Then he outlaws loud singing in the home…then all singing anywhere. Some villagers leave town. Some learn to hum. Enter a rooster and his family, and storyteller Deedy commences a folk-tale–like pattern. When the rooster sings in a mango tree, the mayor apprises him of the law. The tree smells so sweet, the rooster counters, that he must sing. The mayor chops down the tree. The rooster still sings because his family is so lovely. The mayor takes the rooster from his family, but still he sings. When the mayor threatens to make soup of the rooster in front of a crowd, the whole town takes up his song because “a song is louder than one noisy little rooster and stronger than one bully of a mayor.” Deedy's original tale about standing up to oppression couldn't be more timely. Yelchin's saturated, folksy, mixed-media paintings are the perfect partner, fleshing out the characterizations and offering visual humor.
This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: “Kee-kee-ree-KEE!” Indeed! (Picture book. 4-9)