88 Instruments by Chris Barton, illustrated by Louis Thomas, Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. ISBN: 9780553538144. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.
When a boy is faced with choosing only one instrument to play, it’s a daunting task, especially in a shop where there are 88 instruments to choose from. The story takes little readers through the choices by having the main character play (or try to play) each, with appropriate accompanying expressions on his parents’ faces. Does he go loud? Does he go small and simple? Should he tweet, slide or bang? The illustrations do a ‘bang up’ job of showcasing his dilemma. When he makes his choice, it seems like a perfect one. Youngsters will laugh along as the book is read. It’s a great option for story hour or as an introduction to a music or singing session.