A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument.

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I WANT TO BE A DRUMMER!

A young percussionist builds a drum.

An unnamed white child wishes for a drum set. Using household items, the aspiring musician crafts a drum set over the course of this short board book. The child is identified as “Daniel” in the summary on the back of the book, but the character’s bald head and lack of a name stated in the text allow readers to use their imaginations. Each turn of the page features a different component to the drum set and onomatopoeic text that teaches readers what each individual piece brings to the drum’s sound. The illustrations are clean and no-frills, not boasting any flashy color scheme or much artistic flair. The narrative is as straightforward as the illustrations, and little readers will love using it as a handy guide to building their own drum sets with stuff found around the house. Adults be warned: your little ones will definitely want to make some noise after reading this.

A simple introduction to a favorite musical instrument. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-936669-50-9

Page Count: 14

Publisher: blue manatee press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 2, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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A sweet but not essential book.

BALL

From the Baby Unplugged series

A whole host of children presents a whole host of balls in this new installment in the Baby Unplugged series.

There are so many kinds of balls in this little board book. Big ball, shiny ball, game ball, plain ball, spot ball. And not all are necessarily balls. Some are round objects, like the snowball and the clay ball or the blueberry that is a “tiny ball.” Some balls are verb balls, like the “throw ball, / catch ball, / go ball, / fetch ball!” There is even a gotcha! ball that’s “not ball”—it’s a cube! And all these balls are being played with by an equally eclectic group of children. African-American, Asian, brown-skinned, and blond and brunette white children are all represented here in illustrations that are charming and clear but not particularly artful. It feels as though both author and illustrator are trying so hard to include so much that they’ve almost forgotten to have fun. It’s reminiscent of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish but without the spark that turns an OK book into a timeless classic. Best suited for young children who are already quite verbal.

A sweet but not essential book. (Board book. 2-3)

Pub Date: April 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-936669-42-4

Page Count: 14

Publisher: blue manatee press

Review Posted Online: June 22, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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