Musical Max (Red Fox picture books)

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9780099911005: Musical Max (Red Fox picture books)

A wacky pictorial variant on the young person's guide to the orchestra. Max the elephant loves playing musical instruments, and he drives his father mad with the noise - but then, when he stops, everyone misses his playing. The book ends with a huge, triumphant orchestra of Max and his friends.

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The talented trio responsible for Leo the Late Bloomer and Boris Bad Enough here introduce Max, a bright blue hippo with prodigious musical talent. Max plays every variety of instrument, including the synthesizer; and though his parents make the best of the incessant racket by donning earmuffs , the less creative neighbors "can't stand the noise." For a while the buoyant Max continues to practice undaunted by these concerns, but suddenly he boxes up his instruments, saying, "I'm not in the mood anymore." The neighborhood grows quiet as Max tries different activities, but something seems to be missing. A silent autumn gives way to a quieter winter, and everyone wonders when Max will be moved to play again. One spring day, Max is inspired by a bird's song; the entire music-starved neighborhood helps him unpack his instruments and joins in to form a full orchestra. In this tender and appealing story, vibrant illustrations feature a wonderfully chunky, distinctive cast capable of conveying a complex repertoire of expressions. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Another charmer from the creators of Leo, Milton, Boris, Owliver, and other memorable characters. Max is a wonderfully lumpish hippopotamus, musically talented from his mother's side. He plays every instrument imaginable while the neighbors (and his father) long for quiet. When Max's mood changes and he becomes involved with sports instead, the neighborhood discovers that all that peace is driving them crazy. Kraus provides a typically upbeat ending, and Aruego and Dewey's amusing and colorful drawings, instantly recognizable, will not disappoint their old fans. This team's crowd of appreciative preschoolers can only grow. --Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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