Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs by Joe Mailander, Justin Lansing


Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs by Joe Mailander, Justin Lansing

The Okee Dokee Brothers' family-friendly music inspires parents and kids to get outside and get creative. Can You Canoe? journeys cross-country in 12 songs, from the rolling hills of Appalachia in the east to the canyons and campfires of the West. Along the way, The Brothers' irresistible, boot-stompin' tunes invite kids to wander through the woods and wilderness, where they'll discover hungry black bears and spinners of tall tales; quiet canoes and cozy camping tents; a jumpin' jamboree and a bullfrog opera. Brandon Reese's lively illustrations, and a CD to sing along with, will make this set a children's classic.


* Children s folk/bluegrass duo the Okee Dokee Brothers (aka Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing) move into children s books with this title featuring 12 of their songs (an audio CD is included). Children with even the slightest outdoorsy inclinations will be easily drawn into the songwriters inviting descriptions of life under the stars ( So I moved down to the river, / Where fishin hooks pay the rent ) and playful sights like The Bullfrog Opera or a beaver wedding in Mr. and Mrs. Sippy (Mrs. Sippy get it?). Reese s sweeping illustrations highlight a sense of joyful exploration in the great outdoors, and the musicians twangy rhythms and thoughtful lyrics should please parents as much as children. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Praise for The Okee Dokee Brothers The Okee Dokee Brothers remind us of the American belief that we re bound for better weather. Their music celebrates everyday explorers, young and old, who rediscover that notion daily. NPR s All Things Considered The lyrics are playful, engaging and subtly filled with life lessons. These are songs that encourage kids to find happiness with fewer material possessions and embrace adventure even in trying situations. Without getting preachy or heavy-handed, Mailander and Lansing come off like happy, kind and fun big brothers eager to show their younger siblings how to have an ethically sound and green-conscious good time. Chicago Tribune A life-celebrating musical odyssey. Parents Choice * Perfect road-tripping music. A must-have for every collection. School Library Journal, starred review This bluegrass duo knows that to write a meaningful song, you ve got to have a genuine experience. The Sierra Club

About the Author

Joe Mailander and Justin (who are NOT actually brothers) have known each other since they were three years old. They have released two award-winning albums: 'Can You Canoe?' (2012) and 'Through the Woods' (2014). A third album, 'Saddle Up' will be released in May 2016. This is theirfirst picture book. Brandon Reese created the distinctive cover artwork for The Okee Dokee Brothers' albums.

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Mixed media product
Contains Hardback and CD-ROM
32 pages


Joe Mailander, Justin Lansing
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Publication date

2nd June 2016



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