Little Simon, Hardcover, 9781442468139, 31pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
BOOM biddy BOOM biddy BOOM BOOM BOOM
What's that noise filling the room?
From this rousing beginning unfolds Christmas Parade, a merry picture book from Sandra Boynton.
As the dynamic parade of forty-six spiffy and intent animal musicians marches by, young readers will see animals and their instruments in turn: chickens with bassoons, ducks with trombones, mice with piccolos, cow saxophonists, a tiny bird with a large tuba, a glockenspiel pig, even a trumpet-playing Santa rhino all underscored by marching snares (fifteen hippos, one cat) and one booming bass drum (an intrepid elephant).
Written with the irresistible rhythm of a lively marching band and illustrated by the author with those signature Boynton characters, Christmas Parade is a superb present for young children and families everywhere. Biddy BOOM.
Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton (Little Simon/S&S, $14.99 hardcover,
9781442468139, 32p., ages 3-6, October 2, 2012)
An elephant drummer, "marching along with a BOOM-biddy/ BOOM-biddy/
steady and strong," leads a parade of Sandra Boynton's signature animals
decked out in red and green, including chickens with silver bassoons and
piggies with Christmas balloons. There's even a Santa Claus rhino! One
little piggie stays inside for a twist of a surprise.