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This story, a riff on "The Little Drummer Boy," tugs at the heartstrings and offers a few exciting moments, despite some improbable coincidences. However, the real star here is Long's luminous acrylic art, which gives a real sense of scale and place. On a cold winter's day, a little toy drummer boy in a snappy red uniform mysteriously appears on a child's doorstep. The boy loves the drummer and spends a lot of time listening to him play, but a mishap sends the little drummer on a wild adventure all around town, where he plays his drum and brings peace to every listener he comes across. Finally, the toy ends up in a cemetery, where the boy finds it near his grandfather's grave. He takes the drummer home and, filled with the Christmas spirit, places him at the feet of the baby in the Nativity scene on the mantel. A handsome, if not essential, purchase.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Posted January 4, 2013
My 8 year old son loves this book. He originally checked it out of his school library and read it on his own. I asked him to read it to me and normally, he would not want to. He gladly picked it up and read it to me. It is a sweet book with a touching message.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2009
Drummer boy is a beautifully illustrated Christmas story. It is a tale of being lost and finding your way back home. The real story is in the journey and as in life being able to simply accept the moment and trust that it will all turn out as it should in the end. Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.