Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums

Audrey Vernick, Author, Daniel Jennewein, Illustrator
Audrey Vernick, illus. by Daniel Jennewein. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-176253-6
Reviewed on: 06/27/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-06-176255-0
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If a buffalo can handle kindergarten, as proven in Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, why not a musical instrument? "He was born to play drums. You have to teach him now," declares the narrator, as Jennewein's crayon-traced buffalo hammers on pots and pans. With some yarn to tie the drumsticks to his hooves, lots of practice, and a soundproof room (preferably underground), there's nothing stopping a determined buffalo. "Some people think that being the loudest isn't the most important part of being a good bandmate," Vernick writes. "Your buffalo isn't one of those people." With the same brand of absurd comedy as its predecessor, it's as much a book about kids' proclivity for waffling between various interests as it is about the value of having earmuffs handy, "[i]f the magic's not happening." Ages 4–8. (July)
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