Barton, Chris 88 Instruments Illustrations by Louis Thomas PICTURE BOOK Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. $17.99 Content: G.
A little boy’s parents take him to a music store and tell him to pick one instrument that he wants to learn how to play. He has a hard time deciding because there are 88 different choices. He uses all sorts of descriptive words to describe the different instruments, but when he comes across the piano he loves it. He loves the pure sound of the piano and thinks it’s a perfect fit.
This is an adorable book about trying to sort through all of the options of picking a musical instrument. The illustrations are cute and the words describing the sounds of instruments are creative, making it so you feel like you are in the music store listening to him try out all the different sounds. I thought this was a fun story about finding an instrument that speaks to you.
EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.