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Pokko and the Drum



written and illustrated by
Matthew Forsythe

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Simon & Schuster BFYR
ISBN
9781481480390

Awards and Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
NYPL Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor Book
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The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest, it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it, she is joined by a band of animals —first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf—and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home?
Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.

Full-color illustrations were done in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

11" x 8"

Dewey

E

AR

2.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD520L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Forest animals. Musicians. Drums. Musical instruments.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

An omniscient narrator explains the story’s central problem on the first page: “The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her a drum.” It was, apparently, not an isolated error in judgment by these amphibians. Readers observe the young frog positioning herself in a slingshot, riding a llama in the living room, borne aloft by a balloon. The apron-wearing father keeps lamenting their latest purchase to his constantly reading wife, who can’t hear anything due to the din. Forsythe’s watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil compositions employ a warm palette of browns, oranges, reds, yellows, and greens. Polka-dot, patchwork, and striped patterns against cream-colored backgrounds create a cozy environment. When her father encourages drumming outside their homey mushroom, Pokko enters a lush forest with Matisse-like flora—but soon a reddish-yellow light permeates the page, and the eerie quiet causes her to start tapping “just to keep herself company.” She is soon followed by a banjo-playing raccoon, a trumpet-wielding rabbit, a host of other instrumentalists, and an appreciative audience. Children may identify some characters from rhymes and folk tales. In addition to being a talented musician (something the father comes to recognize), the protagonist also proves to be an effective band leader. Faced with unsavory behavior from a wolf, she confronts him and earns a sincere apology; the show goes on. Creative design and painterly scenes portray a heroine who takes risks and follows her heart into experiences that bring a little danger, but also joy and satisfaction.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

An omniscient narrator explains the story’s central problem on the first page: “The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her a drum.” It was, apparently, not an isolated error in judgment by these amphibians. Readers observe the young frog positioning herself in a slingshot, riding a llama in the living room, borne aloft by a balloon. The apron-wearing father keeps lamenting their latest purchase to his constantly reading wife, who can’t hear anything due to the din. Forsythe’s watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil compositions employ a warm palette of browns, oranges, reds, yellows, and greens. Polka-dot, patchwork, and striped patterns against cream-colored backgrounds create a cozy environment. When her father encourages drumming outside their homey mushroom, Pokko enters a lush forest with Matisse-like flora—but soon a reddish-yellow light permeates the page, and the eerie quiet causes her to start tapping “just to keep herself company.” She is soon followed by a banjo-playing raccoon, a trumpet-wielding rabbit, a host of other instrumentalists, and an appreciative audience. Children may identify some characters from rhymes and folk tales. In addition to being a talented musician (something the father comes to recognize), the protagonist also proves to be an effective band leader. Faced with unsavory behavior from a wolf, she confronts him and earns a sincere apology; the show goes on. Creative design and painterly scenes portray a heroine who takes risks and follows her heart into experiences that bring a little danger, but also joy and satisfaction.

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