Written by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right.
So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle!
But there is one noisy rooster who doesn't give two mangos about this mayor's silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do.
He sings: Kee-kee-ree-KEE!
This is a story about standing up to oppression and resisting the "creep" of unjust laws - at first the mayor passes a polite "no loud singing please" but the laws become more and more restrictive until people are not allowed to sing in their own homes.
Carmen Deedy's masterfully crafted allegory and Eugene Yelchin's bright, whimsical mixed-media paintings celebrate the spirit of freedom -- and the courage of those who are born to sing at any cost.
Target Age: 4-8