The Blues of Flats Brown
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Nina Laden
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Year: 2001
Brief Summary: A junkyard dog named Flats runs away from his abusive master in order to play the blues.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Parents’ Choice Award, 2000 Gold Story Books United States
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2001 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Booklist Book Review Stars, March 1, 2000 ; American Library Association
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Fourth Edition, 2003 ; National Council of Teachers of English
- Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2001 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, March 2000 ; Cahners
- Music: introduce the blues. Play a CD of blues music. Why do you think they call this music “the blues”? Think about the lyrics and the melody…how does it make you feel? Read together with Walter Dean Myers’ Blues Journey.
- Discuss the reasons why Flats felt like he had to leave.
- Why do you think Flat’s owner let him go at the end?
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library