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Apr 17 2018

The walkabout orchestra by Chloe Perernau

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Quarto, 2018. ISBN 9781786030795
The orchestra have an important concert to play - but all the musicians have gone walkabout! But each has sent a postcard to the Maestro saying where they are. So the challenge for the reader is to help him and his faithful assistant find them using the clues in those postcards.
From Reykjavik to Rio young readers will enjoy this search-and-find tour of the world that introduces them to the instruments of the orchestra as they test their powers of observation using the pictures of each in the introductory pages as a starting point.
With busy pages that test the eye (although not quite as busy as Where's Wally?) this book encourages readers to examine the details in things rather than just glancing quickly at them and moving on. To add to the mix there is a little yellow bird on each double-spread with his own quest that adds a further challenge. All eventually come together in a concert hall with some interesting audience members, and for those who just can't find them, an answer key is provided.
While this ostensibly introduces children to the instruments of the orchestra, it works better as a search-and-find book which is much more fun and informative.
A great addition for those who have pored over Where's Wally and who are looking for a new challenge in that collaborative reading activity that is so important to emerging readers, particularly boys.
Barbara Braxton

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