A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows different ways of thinking about fear and overcoming hard things.
Don't let fear keep you from doing things you enjoy.
Positive Role Models
Lots of positivity from the animals around Indigo Blume. Indigo is African American.
Appealing main character Indigo is African American. She processes her fear about singing in public and builds her confidence through an imaginative dream in which she helps others. Many of the animal jazz musician characters (and their names) are based on real African American jazz greats.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume, by author Kwame Alexander, gives young readers a boost in confidence and a little relief that they aren't alone in feeling shy about performing in public. It's packed with bright, colorful illustrations that match Indigo Bloom's emotions. And the wordplay (Dairy Parton, Chickee Minaj, Mules Davis) is both witty and fun to say aloud. This picture book was based on Alexander's 2021 Kennedy Center family musical and characters he developed in his first book in the series, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band.
Is It Any Good?
Fun wordplay and a great, uplifting, confidence-building theme are paired with colorful, engaging illustrations in a lovely, amusing picture book from Kwame Alexander. Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume is both silly and serious, with funny animal names and a serious message about overcoming your fears and accepting help from others when it's offered.
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