Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Ellie the little artist elephant returns in a second story. Ellie’s friend Lucy the giraffe is unable to sleep due to all the loud animal noises at the zoo. Ellie is determined to help her friend and when she notices Betty Bluebird signing a lullaby to her babies, she gets an idea. Enlisting the help of Gerard, a gorilla, Elllie is able to organize the various animal sounds into orchestral parts. Ellie then conducts the orchestra, accompanied by Betty, and the musics lulls both Lucy and Betty’s babies to sleep. The soft watercolor illustrations of the doe-eyed zoo animals are full of child appeal. Readers will enjoy making the various animals sounds: “..the hippo went SNORT SNORT SNORT/The monkeys squealed OOOH OOOH OOOH/ And the rhinos grumbled GRUMP GRUMP GRUMP.” The end pages include the sheet music for “Betty’s Theme” while colored musical notes swirl throughout the illustrations within.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a book that fans of Wu’s Ellie have been waiting for. This would make a wonderful introduction to the orchestra for young children and would be useful to music teachers. A fun addition to a zoo-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: 7/2/17