Published by Rodale Kids
Summary: Maestro Mouse is your guide through this musical romp starring the animal kingdom. Each page includes a poem or two about the featured animal, concluding with a sign held by Maestro Mouse offering a lesson that can be derived from the poem. Sharp-eyed readers will also spot letters in each picture that, when put together, spell out a word. The animals and words come together in the final gatefold page that shows all the animals playing music in an orchestra. Includes an author’s note from Dan Brown (yes, that Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and many other books for adults) and endpapers showing and identifying the different musical instruments. Also includes an app that can be downloaded to listen to musical accompaniment throughout the story. 44 pages; ages 4-9.
Pros: A fun introduction to both animals and musical instruments. I did not download the app, but it sounds like an enjoyable way to experience the music introduced in the book. The hidden letters and coded words will please those who like puzzles.
Cons: Poems, a series of (didactic) lessons, musical instruments, hidden letters, word scrambles, and an app that plays music…felt like a bit too much to unpack for one picture book.