Hello, friends! Our book today is Blue Baboon Finds Her Tune by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty, a sweet story about marching to the beat of your own bassoon.
Blue Baboon, out for a moonlight stroll in the park, happens upon a trio of musicians and a open bassoon. Wanting to join the musical merriment, the baboon picks up the instrument and starts to play… POORLY. The musicians gently request that she return the baboon, just as a storm (monsoon) rolls in. Finding shelter from the rain at a hot-air balloon field, baboon is gifted the bassoon by the musicians before flying away to play her cacophonous tunes somewhere she won’t bother anyone else. However, she may find that there are new friends who can appreciate her unique musical style… and old ones who decide her company is worth a little discord.
A simple and sweet tale. The sparse rhyming text flows exceptionally well, and is truly fun to read aloud – who doesn’t love an “oooo” sound? The spareness does occasionally leave some questions about the progression of the plot, but it’s a minor issue, as the heart of the themes come through in the absolutely stunning illustrations. Deep blues and vibrant oranges, pinks, and greens are a treat for the eyes, as are the character designs and visual representations of music. The length is great for a storytime, and JJ and I both really enjoyed this one. Overall, absolutely worth a read, and we recommend it – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)