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Author: Barton, Chris
A little boy can't choose which instrument to play, so he decides to try them all.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 193021
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/16)
School Library Journal (07/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/07/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—A bespectacled boy is given the opportunity to learn an instrument, but when his parents bring him to a music shop, he has trouble choosing among his 88 options. What ensues is a playful exploration of sound and the vast (and cacophonous) world of musical instruments. The boy's overwhelmed parents follow him as he tries out the triangle, trombone, tuba, harp, and drums and everything else in between. Barton's use of superlatives results in a hilarious onomatopoeic romp through the shop: "Do I pick the squeeziest? The wheeziest? The easiest and breeziest? But how about the slideyest…the squonkiest…the blowiest…?" The work's title might give away the child's eventual pick, but readers will have a fun time arriving at his final decision. While at first overwhelmed at having to master the 88 keys of the piano, the boy is determined to learn one note at a time. Thomas's watercolor illustrations accentuate the silly narrative, adding pizzazz and fluidity to the text. The warm browns and yellows evoke a place of comfort—while the narrator is frazzled by his plethora of selections, he's secure in his ability to eventually choose. The illustrator's expressive line emphasizes each of the characters' reactions with humor and gusto. VERDICT A delightful offering for reading aloud, especially during music-themed storytimes.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2016 There’s such a thing as having too many choices, a dilemma faced by the narrator of this inviting picture book. In the first scene, a boy in glasses stares through a shop window at multiple violins, saxophones, guitars, banjos, drums, and other instruments. He enters the shop with his parent to choose one of the 88 “pounding, surrounding, astounding, mound-of-sounding instruments.” Knowing that he can take one home, he strikes, strums, blows, and plucks a variety of choices before he finds the one: a piano. Suddenly intimidated by the thought of 88 individual keys, he walks away. But he returns, pushes up his sleeves, and makes a good decision. Barton (The Day-Glo Brothers, 2009) writes with a flair for the sounds of words. The colorful language finds its match in Thomas’ playful, free-spirited ink drawings with watercolor washes. With tiny feet and enormous heads, the stylized characters have expressive faces that are easy to read. An enjoyable encounter with musical instruments. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.