Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band is a work of fiction, but, like the best picture-book biographies, it is a playful introduction to ideas and real-life figures. In lively rhyme, Kwame Alexander tells the tale of Acoustic Rooster, a guitar-strumming fowl with jazz aspirations. Preparing for the Barnyard Talent Show, he encounters such jazz luminaries as Duck Ellington, Mules Davis, and Bee Holiday, animals with the same talent and personae as their human counterparts. Acoustic Rooster soon forms a band and throws himself into the competition. Along the way, he discovers the joys of collaborating and entertaining and learns something about the true nature of success. Tim Bowers’ exuberant illustrations bring the Jazz Age to the barnyard, and a glossary and timeline offer information about jazz and the artists who inspired the book.