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Children's LiteratureThe orchestra is warming up for "Percussion of the Apes" as baboon peers out at the audience. Monkeys beat the drums, chimpanzees thunder away at the timpani, gorilla has got a gong, and baboon just cannot wait for his turn. As player after player encourages him to just "hold on," baboon's patience wears thin. And then suddenly . . . all eyes are on baboon! He rings his triangle and brings down the house! Comic illustrations and a text that be-bops along with the story heighten baboon's anticipation and the rhythm of the song as it builds and builds. Creative rhymes will bring out the giggles as primates of every size join in the chorus. Either as a comical introduction to the variety of primates, or as a move-along read-aloud, this picture book will be loved in any preschooler's home. 2005, GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 5.