cover image Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

Lloyd Moss. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $18.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-671-88239-6

This debut book by author Moss,

As kids today would say is boss.

Its clever, jazzy verse presents

(In language that is never dense)

A helpful intro to each orchestra instrument -

How some are alike, but rather more are different.

He starts with the trombone's ""mournful moan,""

Playing solo (i.e., alone);

Then adds a trumpet, French horn and cello-

All sounding forth a signature ""hello.""

Each musical portrait (in quatrains) abounds

With perfectly chosen, alliterative sounds.

Thus the flute, notes Moss, ""sends our soul a-shiver;

Flute, that slender silver sliver.""

And Priceman's zany art's just right,

With loose-limbed figures taking flight

Around each spread in garb bizarre-

As if proving how funky musicians are.

With every new instrument joining the throng

Of diligent players practicing song,

Moss incorporates numbers and stops only when

His team finally reaches a ""chamber group of ten.""

So the book can be used as a counting tool

(A great way to perk up a dull day at school):

But it really works best, it's easy to see,

As a deft means of meeting the symphony.

So plentiful praise to this finely matched pair,

Whose pictures and words show unusual flair.