Pokko and the Drum

Written and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

Hardcover edition

Publisher Simon & Schuster Imprint Simon & Schuster BFYR ISBN


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

Pokko and the Drum

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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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