Published by Simon and Schuster
Summary: “The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her a drum.” Pokko’s playing is so loud they can’t hear each other talking. One day, her dad suggests she take it outside, reminding her, “We’re just a little frog family that lives in a mushroom, and we don’t like drawing attention to ourselves.” As Pokko bangs her drum through the forest, a raccoon is seen lurking. A banjo-playing raccoon, that is, who joins in. Next comes a rabbit with a trumpet, and a wolf who just enjoys the music. When the wolf eats the rabbit, Pokko sternly informs him that is not allowed, opening the way for all members of the food chain to join the band. At the end of the day, the group sweeps into Pokko’s house and carries her parents along. “I think that’s Pokko down in front!” exclaims her father. “And you know what? I think she’s pretty good!” 64 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: I found this book pretty hilarious, and the message of literally marching to the beat of your own drum is deftly delivered. The watercolor illustrations give the story a slightly surreal, slightly retro feel.
Cons: The wolf eating the rabbit felt like an unnecessarily disturbing detail.