The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom
The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom

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Catalog Number: #213306
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Cho, Lian,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-249437-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4193-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-249437-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4193-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019041793
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
As a band director instructs the new band members on the different instruments they can play, he must also contend with a very enthusiastic drummer.A group of excited-looking children is joining the band today. Mr. V, the band director, tells them “There is a perfect instrument for everyone. Let’s find yours!” First up, the clarinet. After telling the children about the different characteristics of the instrument, he invites one to try it out. But instead, all sounds are drowned out by a BOOM, BOOM, BOOM coming from Felicity on the bass drum. And so it proceeds as the other instruments are presented—trumpet, oboe, flute, saxophone, and trombone. Each one is drowned out by Felicity’s enthusiastic BOOM, BOOM, BOOM on the drum. The droll illustrations depict the mood of the band director going from animation to despair, but an end is in sight (or is it?) when an instrument with an even louder sound takes over. Be careful what you wish for! There is an irrepressible feeling of energy in the illustrations that at times just jumps across the gutter; it’s further emphasized by playful and colorful typography. As a bonus, readers learn that each child, and their chosen instrument, is based on a real musician, as detailed in the backmatter; Mr. V is the author’s own father, and Felicity is the author herself. Both Mr. V and Felicity present White, and the other characters in the book represent different ethnicities and places of origin. (This book was reviewed digitally with 11.5-by-18-inch double-page spreads viewed at 23.2% of actual size.)A lively introduction to some musical instruments. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2 It can be hard to use words and images to convey the sound an instrument makes, but this picture book pulls it off with aplomb. A harried but enthusiastic band director, Mr. V, who is white, introduces readers to a variety of instruments, including the clarinet, oboe, trumpet, flute, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and drums. Mr. V describes not only what kind of sound the instruments make, but also how that sound is created. Illustrations that are equal parts comical and deeply informative depict reeds with smiling faces, percussion instruments with feet, and swirling, twirling grinning music notes. Each instrument is demonstrated by one member of a multiracial array of students, and every student is named and illustrated after a notable musician (brief biographies are provided in the back matter of the book). Venable's text is interwoven with threads of humor, charm, and creativity. Of particular note is her description of the instruments' unique sounds: "Listening to a clarinet is like eating rich chocolate cake, bold and sweet at the same time," and a saxophone "sounds the way a satin ribbon feels between your fingers." Cho's bright, eye-popping illustrations create a happy chaos on the page, and one can almost imagine the cacophony of a room full of children practicing their instruments. VERDICT An altogether delightful introduction to musical instruments. Recommended for all collections. Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood P.L., MA
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School Library Journal Starred Review (9/1/20)
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3

No matter where you are, you can find the perfect instrument and join this band! A winning pick for young readers who adore books by Jory John, Mac Barnett, and Christian Robinson. The band director knows everything about all the instruments, and he can't wait to help find the perfect one for you. But an irrepressible young girl keeps interrupting with enthusiastic BOOM BOOM BOOMS on her drum. At least until the band director introduces one instrument that's even louder. This laugh-out-loud picture book from National Book Award-longlisted author Colleen AF Venable is packed with boundless energy and giggle-worthy jokes--as well as information about eight instruments commonly played in school bands. Illustrator Lian Cho's exuberant artwork matches the text note for note and practically leaps off the page. This joyous picture book will leave young readers eager to pick up an instrument and learn how to play! The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom celebrates music and will entertain young readers in the home and classroom alike. Each child in the band is inspired by a real-life musician, and biographies are included at the end of the book.

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