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Play This Book
Contributor(s): Young, Jessica, Wiseman, Daniel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1681195062     ISBN-13: 9781681195063
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Rhyming text and illustrations invite young readers to explore the sounds of musical instruments as they join a group of children forming a band.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Bands (Music); Fiction.
Musical instruments; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017033366
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 7.00" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Jessica Young is the author of the picture book My Blue Is Happy, which was a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and the recipient of the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award. She is also the author of Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent; the Finley Flowers chapter book series; and the illustrated chapter book series Haggis and Tank Unleashed. When Jessica isnt writing and researching her own books, shes busy doing school visits and listening to music. She grew up in Ontario, Canada and lives in Nashville.

Daniel Wiseman likes to draw. He likes it so much, hes made a career out of it. Usually he draws animals wearing clothes, or kids enjoying a good dance party. However, when prodded, hes been known to draw pretty much anything else. Daniel currently lives in St. Louis, MO with his beautiful wife and his equally beautiful son. When he isnt drawing, he can usually be found doing one of these great things: Perfecting his biscuit recipe, hiking up a mountain in some faraway location, singing loudly in his car, riding his bike on the mean streets of St. Louis, or napping.
@dwiseman (Instagram)

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-K—Music-loving kids will go nuts for this interactive book that encourages young ones to "play" the instruments on the page. A variety of instruments are presented on an otherwise empty stage, just waiting for someone to strike up the band. A bright pink guitar stretches across the whole spread and invites readers to give it a strum. Playing the piano, drum, shaking the maracas, and even keeping time with your feet are all options. The cymbals are the most satisfying instrument, which you play by closing the book to make a crash. The text is full of effective rhymes like "What a show! Brava! Bravo! You played this book just like a pro!" This title offers an experience that kids can have alone, but it is best shared with friends, whether that be in the classroom, storytime, or with a caretaker. Wiseman's illustrations shine with bold strokes and bright colors and an inclusive cast of kid musicians. The book ends, of course, with thunderous applause. VERDICT A winning interactive picture book that will be a storytime hit.—Gretchen Hardin, Sterling Municipal Library, Baytown, TX

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