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MAISY'S BAND by Lucy Cousins


by Lucy Cousins, illustrated by Lucy Cousins

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6044-4
Publisher: Candlewick

Budding musicians and singers can join in the rehearsals as Maisy gets her band and backup chorus together for a house concert.

Being particularly big and sturdy, the pull-tabs should survive the workout (for a while, at least) as Maisy beats on a drum, Charlie the crocodile energetically “strums” his double bass, and other band mates warm up on piano, trumpet and triangle. With the notable exceptions of a twang from Charlie’s bass (thanks to an internal elastic) and a great whack produced as Eddie the elephant whales away on his triangle, the instruments themselves don’t sound off. Nevertheless, each spread’s large-type caption features onomatopoeic words—“Plinkety-plonk! Tallulah plays the pink piano”—and exclamation points! that will encourage audiences to bring the noise in high volume. A huge pull-down flap on the final spread reveals the whole ensemble, onstage and ready to…well, not rock as the band’s strictly acoustic, but at least belt out some hot folk or pop tunes.

An effervescent companion to Maisy’s Show (2010). (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)