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SOON BABOON SOON by Dave Horowitz


by Dave Horowitz & illustrated by Dave Horowitz

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-399-23268-6
Publisher: Putnam

“Chimpanzees play timpani. / Lemurs laugh along. / Orangutans bang everythang. Gorilla’s got a GONG.” Any reader who’s had to stand by while everyone else gets to play will sympathize with this triangle-wielding baboon, who fidgets impatiently while the other members of a monkey-and-ape percussion band whale away on stage, before an all-primate audience. Using a mix of paint and paper collage, Horowitz (a drummer himself) captures the exuberant vibe with a Chris Raschka–like blend of wild typography and supple, stylized figures. Baboon’s moment comes at last, and it turns out to be worth the wait: “That ting had zing!” comments a member of the thoroughly wowed crowd. A quick but thematically and sonically satisfying concert. (Picture book. 6-8)