In order to set off the canon, everyone has a job to do. It's Drummer Hoff's job to fire it off. No matter what anyone else does, Drummer Hoff fired it off. This cumulative story won the 1968 Caldecott Award for its illustration (which were done with woodcuts). The colours and style manage to be a bit retro and relevant at the same time, evoking images from the Revolutionary War as well as 1960s-era messages of peace; both of these ideas still resonate in today's era, too. This isn't a book that I've seen on too many "best of" or "favourite book" lists, but if you get a chance do check it out - if for nothing else than to marvel at the detailed illustrations.
Find it at IndieBound.
Read it with:
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Frederick by Leo Lionni
Seashore Story by Taro Yashima
The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen