Reviews for Bremen Town Musicians
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Wildsmith's retelling is notable only for its brevity. The essentials of the story are there, but the text lacks the details of other versions: e.g., the robbers "ran out of the house as fast as their legs would carry them," but there's no mention that they think they've seen and heard a ghost. Wildsmith's decorative illustrations add visual appeal.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 November/December
Wildsmith retells that classic tale of animals that are no longer of use to their owners banding together. The donkey promises the dog, the cat, and the rooster that he meets along the way that they will be able to become part of the Bremen Town Band. Along the way, and while searching for food, they encounter a house that catches their fancy with a table full of food and a band of robbers. The animals combine forces (and their voices) to scare the robbers away. Content with the food and the house, they decide to stay. This retelling is simple and clear but it is the illustrations that make the words come alive. In signature Wildsmith style, the vibrant colors and lush environments make the book. Readers will want to spend lots of time studying the illustrations to find hidden gems. Kristie Miller, PreK-12 School Librarian, Alexander (New York) Central Schools [Editor's Note: Also available in paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.