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Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums

Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums

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by Audrey Vernick, Daniel Jennewein
     
 

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Does your buffalo pound on pots and pans?
Tap out rhythms at the dinner table?
It’s not as unusual as you might think.
He’s simply at the start of an exciting new journey.
A very loud musical journey that begins by teaching your buffalo to play drums.
(Did we mention it might be loud?)

From the author and illustrator of Is Your

Overview

Does your buffalo pound on pots and pans?
Tap out rhythms at the dinner table?
It’s not as unusual as you might think.
He’s simply at the start of an exciting new journey.
A very loud musical journey that begins by teaching your buffalo to play drums.
(Did we mention it might be loud?)

From the author and illustrator of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? comes this hilarious musical romp about encouraging your buffalo to find his inner rock star.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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, "f the magic's not happening." Ages 4–8. (July)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Vernick and Jennewein are known for giving advice to young buffalo owners, and in this follow-up to Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? (HarperCollins, 2010), the animal's owner is going to help him become a drummer, even if she has to tie the drumsticks to his hooves and build him a soundproof room in which to practice. The child applauds his early successes and encourages him to join the school band. The text asks questions that will help identify an interest in drum playing in buffalos. "Has your buffalo always loved music?" "How's his rhythm?" Several small pictures appear on most pages, surrounded by ample white space, showing the huge animal trying to engage in human activities like skateboarding and showering, resulting in some very funny scenarios. His expressions are priceless as he attempts to sit on a stool or hold drumsticks. By the end of the book, concerns about excess noise in the house and time management issues have been addressed and the creature is ready to begin his first concert, but not as a drummer as expected. It appears this buffalo has a short attention span, and a curiosity about juggling.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Buffaloes are always funny, which makes them unlikely subjects for a self-help book.

When a buffalo hits a drum, the drum goes SCASH! It's such an endearing sound that the buffalo turns cross-eyed with glee. (Jennewein's soft-edged drawings of a goggle-eyed buffalo are hilarious.) Still, some people may be nervous about teaching their buffalo to play the drums, so Vernick has provided an instruction manual. Very reluctant buffaloes may need the drumsticks handed to them or even tied to their hooves with yarn. They may need cheering on. Some readers might suspect that this is a metaphor for child-rearing, and a few may even think the book is aimed at parents. The Electric Company had Paul the gorilla for comic relief. This book has a buffalo, a xylophone, juggling and heart-shaped sunglasses, and yet it still feels educational. Sample lines: "Don't let your buffalo get frustrated! Cheer him on! Encourage him!" At times, this instruction manual feels more like, well, an instruction manual than a gag.

Buffaloes may be funny, but they are not, it turns out, the most inspiring educators, and readers may long for a few more SCASHes and TATTA TAT TATs. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062184566
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Audrey Vernick is the author of several books for children, including Is Your Buffalo Ready For Kindergarten? and She Loved Baseball. The Effa Manley Story as well as Bark Tim: A True Story of Friendship, cowritten with her sister Ellen Glassman Gidaro. Audrey lives with her family in Ocean, New Jersey.


Daniel Jennewein is also the illustrator of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? Although he does not have a buffalo, he does have two very bratty Birman cats named Emmy and Finn. Daniel lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife, Lenore.

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