Illustrated by Louis Thomas

Booklist: “Barton writes with a flair for the sounds of words. The colorful language finds its match in Thomas’ playful, free-spirited ink drawings.”

Kirkus Reviews: “[A] delightful book. This celebration of a child’s agency in choosing a means of artistic expression strikes just the right note.”

School Library Journal: “[A] playful exploration of sound and the vast (and cacophonous) world of musical instruments. … Barton’s use of superlatives results in a hilarious onomatopoeic romp.”

From New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton and new illustrator Louis Thomas comes a fun, rhythmic picture book about finding the music that is perfect for you!

A boy who loves to make noise gets to pick only one instrument (at his parents’ urging) in a music store, but there is too much to choose from! There are triangles and sousaphones, guitars and harpsichords, bagpipes and cellos and trombones! How can he find the one that is just right for him out of all those options?

“The galloping rhymed text, featuring toe-tapping dictionary rejects (‘thrummiest’), is a song unto itself,” says The Horn Book. “The loose-handed, even jittery illustrations foreground [the protagonist’s] attempts to play many of the instruments; meanwhile, his parents are a mute chorus of comical anxiety.”

32 pages
Ages 3-7
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781580892971