Thanks to sound chips, strains of classical melodies follow two music lovers around Paris.
Poppy the dog invites his rabbit friend Frannie to play and listen to music in his apartment, then on Parisian streets, in parks, a subway station, and church, and finally at the opera. Readers become part of the audience by pressing designated spots in each cartoon illustration to key several fully orchestral bars from one of 11 Mozart works (identified at the end). They can also, just for fun, cut the music off with such sound effects as a subway train pulling in or an irritated neighbor in the apartment above pounding the floor. Poppy visits Venice just in time for Carnival, and a similar musical sampling from that city’s greatest composer is in the co-published Poppy and Vivaldi. Both outings feature an anthropomorphic all-animal cast, recognizable landmarks, and brief remarks on the lives of the featured composers with period pictures. Musical selections are keyed with a fairly standard-looking megaphone symbol, but, amusingly, an emphatic scribble denotes the other sound effects. The sound chips embedded in the thick back covers come with on/off switches and replaceable batteries, and the sound quality is quite good for the format.
With its companion, brief but engaging exposures to great music in appropriate European settings. (Novelty picture book. 5-8)