PreS-Gr 2-The primates have all come together to put on a drum show, "Percussion of the Apes." Baboon's triangle may not have the same presence as some of the other instruments ("Chimpanzees play timpani," while "Gorilla's got a gong"), yet youngsters learn that in a band, size and volume aren't as important as timing and cooperation. Reading this work aloud is the next best thing to hearing a live concert. The terse text carries a drumlike beat, and its size, color, and placement on the page help to convey that pounding rhythm. The artfully arranged illustrations-a vivid combination of cut paper, charcoal, and colored pencils-make this book a striking package, and readers will fall for Horowitz's adorable characters. Rich purple endpapers set off white chalky sketches of the primates banging on the variety of drums found inside the book-everything from congas and bongos to "pots and pans" and "things from under the sink." A surefire storyhour success.-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.