88 Instruments – Chris Barton, illustrations by Louis Thomas

61ZvI6qP+6L      88 Instruments – Chris Barton, illustrations by Louis Thomas, Alfred A. Knopf, (9780553538144), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A young boy is overwhelmed by all the different types of musical instruments he can choose to play. One by one he tries them out, “Do I pick the squeeziest? The wheeziest? The easiest and breeziest?” He tries an accordion, the bagpipes, a triangle and so many more until he finds the piano. The piano feels so right, but there are so many keys – 88! He decides that “I’ll just learn it one….plink! One…PLUNK! One note at a time. And soon I’ll be ready for all 88.” This is an encouraging story about finding the right instrument and realizing that you’ll have to practice to master it. The charming watercolor illustrations are full of color and capture the sounds of the story. This is a fun one for budding musicians.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?   This is the perfect story for children interested in musical instruments. Pair it with Hey Diddle Diddle by Eve Bunting,  Zin! Zin! Zin! a Vioin by Lloyd Moss, and Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes for a music themed story time.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  8/26/16


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One Response to 88 Instruments – Chris Barton, illustrations by Louis Thomas

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