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Narrator: Oscar Loubriel   Illustrated by: Rogerio Coelho

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    ISBN: 9781430145004

    In My Neighborhood HC/CD
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    STARRED REVIEW   "As the story opens, we hear instruments warming up with drumming at the center. The character, Drum, walks through the city hearing the music of his instrument family and bemoans his inability to carry a tune. Cityscape sounds show the setting, but it is the music that elevates this production. As each instrument is introduced in the story, we hear it: the low tones of the cello, the piano's keys, and the violin’s soulful strings. There’s a smile-inducing moment when Violin begins playing a riff from the Mario Brothers theme song. As Drum describes himself with his high hat and his bass drum stomach, corresponding drum beats play. Saxophone's trio, playing a jazzy beat, invites Drum to rehearse with them. It is here that Drum realizes his talent, declaring triumphantly, “I don’t carry the tune; I carry the band.” As the group plays, more instruments join and add their unique sounds until the music crescendos and Drum’s joy radiates. Beach describes the swing, echo, and bend of the music with his voice. He perfectly communicates Drum’s energetic joy at overcoming his doubts and finding his place in the music just by doing what he does best. While this audiobook is more than capable of standing on its own, it is best enjoyed alongside Coelho’s vibrant illustrations." BOOKLIST

    "A cacophony of musical instruments, dynamic illustrations, and John Beach's animated narration create a joyful celebration in this audio-visual treat for the senses. In a city neighborhood in which music is the only form of communication, Drum, who doesn't have a song or a melody, feels like he can never fit in. But once invited to play with the other instruments, Drum realizes that his special gift is providing them with the rhythm that drives their music. Beach lifts the rhymes off the pages with exuberance. He delivers Drum's story with passion and imaginative flair, enhancing the book's vibrant pictures, text, and accompanying sound effects and music. The author's note elaborates on Drum's allegory, encouraging listeners to embrace who they are and their potential." AUDIOFILE Magazine

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