The Four Dog Blues Band,
Or How Chester, Boy, Dog in the Fog, and Diva Took the Big City by Storm

Drawings by Maggie Dunlap
Story by Lianne K. Takemori

Edited by Robin C. Dietrick
and Bradley S. Klein

48 pages, 8 x 10 inches, 16 color and 22 line illustrations

978-1-887422-13-0 Cloth $15.95T

Cloth, $15.95


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The story of how art rocks the big city in ways children can celebrate

Chester is a howlin' blues hound who dreams of being famous in the Big City. With a little encouragement, he sets out on the road to stardom. Along the way, he picks up three dogs as band mates: Boy, Dog in the Fog, and Diva. Together, they become the Four Dog Blues Band, and they take the Big City by storm with a jammin' performance at the Mississippi Museum of Art's art ball.

Readers familiar with the museum will recognize paintings by Mississippi artists throughout the book. Original drawings by Maggie Dunlap, daughter of artists William Dunlap and Linda Burgess, help illustrate the musical journey.

In addition to the story of Chester and his band, young readers have the opportunity to learn how to look at art and about various art terms through insightful commentary from a wise owl that makes an appearance by each work of art. With the many colorful and creative components of this exciting book, it's a story that can be enjoyed time and again.

Maggie Dunlap is the daughter of artists William Dunlap and Linda Burgess. She lives in Virginia with her parents and her dog Snitch. Lianne K. Takemori (1970-2010) was curator of education and Robin C. Dietrick is curator of exhibitions for the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. Bradley S. Klein lives in New York City, where he works as an independent journalist and audio producer. Distributed for the Mississippi Museum of Art

48 pages, 8 x 10 inches, 16 color and 22 line illustrations