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"A little boy can't choose which instrument to play, so he decides to try them all"--...

Title : 88 Instruments
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ISBN : 9780553538151
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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88 Instruments Reviews

  • Karin
    2019-05-07 01:04

    How does a boy choose what instrument to learn when he has 88 to choose from? Try them all until he finds just the right one. The word play is so much fun. Squonkiest, twangiest, many words to describe the instruments he was experimenting with. Also, the message is clear that you just have to take it slow and learn a little at a time to master an instrument.

  • Beth
    2019-05-07 00:42

    A little boy goes into a music store with 88 different instruments and is told by his parents that he can only choose one. How on earth will he choose from so many? He'll just have to try each one....and based on the one he chooses might explain my affection for this book. :) I also loved the rhythm and the word play of the text. Would be a fun read aloud.

  • Becky
    2019-05-09 22:50

    First sentence: 88! That's how many pounding, surrounding, astounding-mound-of-sounding instruments are in this shop. But...I can take lessons on only one. Not 75, or 64, or 33, or 12. "One," says Dad. "For now," says Mom. "Your pick!" says Dad. "Within reason," says Mom. How am I supposed to pick just one? Do I pick the squeeziest? The wheeziest?Premise/plot: The narrator of 88 Instruments is having a tough time deciding on ONE instrument from the music shop. What instrument should he learn to play first? One thing is for certain, he is going to look at ALL of his options and not just pick the first thing he sees.My thoughts: I loved this one. I loved the descriptive language. I loved the dialogue. It worked really well, in my opinion. I loved the passion and enthusiasm. Which technically I suppose you'd call the narrative voice. I thought Barton did great at capturing that magic moment. plink! It's so clear. PLUNK. So right. PLUNNNNNNNNK! So right for me. I'm going to learn the plinkiest...the plunkiest...and, here to there, the spunkiest--the PIANO!The illustrations are nearly (but not quite) as expressive as the text. Text: 5 out of 5Illustrations: 3 out of 5Total: 8 out of 10

  • Sherry
    2019-05-20 22:05

    As a pianist, I'm quite partial to this book!

  • John Clark
    2019-05-08 23:52

    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.

  • Jana
    2019-05-05 23:56

    This is a cute picture book that shares one boy's difficult time trying to choose a musical instrument to play. This would be a fun book to share with my students, since fourth and fifth grade is when they start to participate in instrumental music. This is the time of year when students are trying to decide what instrument to play.

  • Amy
    2019-04-27 02:53

    If I were a piano teacher, I would give a copy of this to each of my new young students who are K-2nd. A great book to celebrate learning how to play the piano at a young age.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-08 20:01

    Fun story full of superlatives that will make for a good read aloud.

  • Krissy Neddo
    2019-05-01 21:43

    Gave this one to my music teacher and she said she really liked reading to her classes.

  • Mfbirkett
    2019-05-10 01:55

    I have always used Eve Merriam's "The Philharmonic Gets Dressed" for introducing musical instruments to children. Barton's book with its simple text and Thomas's illustrations deals with a little boy who cannot decide which instrument to play. He considers brass, strings, piano and percussion as he makes his choice. Finally, he elects to try them all.While the names of each instrument are not given in the narrative, they can be pointed out by a knowledgeable reader when the book is shared with children. The vocabulary is simple enough to be understood and read by early readers. Music teachers and parents will find this selection useful for teaching children about families of instruments as they begin to explore kinds of music-makers available to them.

  • ReadRibbet
    2019-05-21 21:55

    Barton's book celebrates musical instruments but is also a metaphor for the importance of making the right choice. A young boy must decide which of the 88 instruments he wants to to take lessons to learn. The reader sees the difficulty of the choice but the importance of ultimately making the right choice. The book has a great opening sentence with a wonderful use of assonance. The book is also loaded with superlatives providing models for writers. The book can certainly be positioned for many purposes in a classroom (or just enjoyed for its own sake.)

  • Donna Mork
    2019-05-10 22:50

    Cute, about a child choosing an instrument to learn to play, then feeling intimidated by all the keys on the piano (which is what he decides to learn), but realizing, he just has to learn one key at a time, not all 88 at once.

  • Margaux
    2019-05-14 04:00

    For any child who has ever learned an instrument (against her will or otherwise). What instrument will this kid choose???

  • Ren
    2019-05-20 20:45

    I read this for a literacy project and fell in love with it! I plan on buying my own copy soon. I especially found the little twist at the end adorable.

  • Kerry
    2019-05-16 01:04

    Weakest of the Caldecott entries this year for me.

  • Laura McLoughlin
    2019-05-07 04:05

    Nice book about finding your perfect instrument. More musically inclined parents/kids will probably get more out of it than I did.

  • Stacy
    2019-04-29 22:44

    So many instruments to choice from which one will he pick to learn to play?

  • Emily
    2019-04-30 00:02

    This makes me want to play piano, says Zavier. Perfect!

  • Marcie
    2019-05-19 01:03

    I can see music teachers using this onomatopoetic romp.

  • Alex
    2019-04-24 01:40

    This book is precious. Piano was my first instrument, too, and I never thought about it being 88 different instruments before!

  • Rommel Sison
    2019-05-15 23:57

    6-year-old daughter: 4 stars4-year-old daughter: 4 stars

  • Cara Byrne
    2019-04-23 01:05

    There's not much of a plot or narrative in this book about a little boy who finds his dream instrument is a piano, and the illustrations are fine, but nothing memorable.

  • Jacquie
    2019-05-08 23:04

    My three-year-old laughed so hard he was almost crying. I've never seen that happen before. He got a kick out of the all the sound descriptive words. Fun read aloud.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2019-05-01 21:04

    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.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-18 00:05

    Faced with 88 different musical instruments from which to chose, a young boy is torn since each one seems to have some advantage. After his doting parents tell him he must start with only one instrument, he tests several of them out. Each instrument is described with a superlative such as "the twangiest, the rowdiest, the loudest..." (unpaged) in amusing, hyperbolic fashion until he lands on the instrument that's just right for him--the piano. Interestingly, it has 88 keys and 88 sounds, and on second thought, he feels a bit intimidated until he comforts himself by the reminder that he can tackle one note at a time, not a bad reminder for anyone about how to handle a challenging task, one step at a time. The illustrations are filled with all sorts of tints and tones, and the facial expressions of his parents as he tests out those various instruments are quite telling. No doubt there were several instruments they were relieved that he didn't choose.

  • Jannah
    2019-05-16 01:58

    A boy goes through a music store in an attempt to decide which instrument he wants to learn (although he really wants to learn ALL of them!). Will he pick the squeakiest? The squonkiest? Or other onomatopoeic nonsensical words to describe the sounds of the instruments he puts his mouth on? (As a band geek that part kinda grossed me out.)Overall, it was cute and nice that his parents were letting him have a choice and look through things on his own. I still think he should have gone with his second test instrument (bagpipes), but his final choice (piano) was probably one of the best for him to start out for learning music theory and developing dexterity without having to worry about inflating bags, reed maintenance or emptying spit valves. :)

  • Nikki
    2019-05-16 22:50

    Plucky story about a boy trying to find the perfect instrument to play. Would be a fun book to read to 4th graders when they first start Band/Orchestra lessons.

  • Camille
    2019-05-05 20:51

    A read aloud delight for the reader and the listener. Chris Barton again shows his versatility as a writer. How DO you decide which musical instrument to learn? The internal rhymes and onomatopoeia will make this a cheery read for story times and for music teachers! I am imagining audience participation with hand movements and sounds. I am virtually handing this to my favorite music teachers right now!

  • Diane
    2019-05-01 02:37

    "That's how many pounding, surrounding, astounding-mound-of-sounding instruments are in this shop."A young boy must choose just one instrument to buy. Does he want the squeeziest? the wheeziest? the easiest? or breeziest? Then he discovers the piano and he knows it's the right choice. But 88 keys? Could he possible learn to play them all? "I'll just learn it one plink ... one plunk ... one note at a time."A good message about how to tackle a challenge.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-05-08 01:45

    Choices and patience. Big topics to discuss. This picture book is a fun one to use to talk about these big ideas.