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Colleen AF Venable is the author of the National Book Award longlist graphic novel Kiss Number 8, as well as forthcoming middle grade graphic novels, and the Pet Shop Private Eye graphic novels. Her picture books include Mervin the Sloth Is About to Do the Best Thing in the World and Amy the Red Panda Is Writing the Best Story in the World. Her day jobs have included marketing positions at the Children's Book Council and Roaring Brook Press, before becoming art director at First Second and Workman Publishing. She is currently founding art director of the new Odd Dot imprint at Macmillan. She grew up in Walden, New York, and attended Wagner College, where she majored in English and studio art. Colleen AF Venable lives in Brooklyn, New York. Lian Cho is a graduate of the School for Visual Arts in New York City. She is a Society of Illustrators Student Finalist and received the Rhodes Family Award for achievement in illustration. This is her first picture book. Lian Cho grew up in Taiwan and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Equal parts comical and deeply informative. . . . Venable's text is interwoven with threads of humor, charm, and creativity. . . . Cho's bright, eye-popping illustrations create a happy chaos on the page, and one can almost imagine the cacophony of a room full of children practicing their instruments. An altogether delightful introduction to musical instruments." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"As a band director instructs the new band members on the different instruments they can play, he must also contend with a very enthusiastic drummer. . . . There is an irrepressible feeling of energy in the illustrations . . . further emphasized by playful and colorful typography. . . . A lively introduction to some musical instruments." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Each time jolly-looking band director Mr. V. . . . gives a student the opportunity to play their instrument of choice, he's interrupted by little Felicity, who has already discovered her love of whaling on an enormous drum. . . . Frisky typography and balloons of musical notation float through the air, and visual nudges and jokes elevate the story . . . The afterword includes short, inclusive bios of diverse real-life classical, rock, and jazz musicians upon whom the book's characters are based." -- Publishers Weekly
"Band director Mr. V introduces a diverse class of students to seven instruments. Mr. V places each in its musical family, sometimes offering a little history, and briefly describes how it works, how to play, and how it sounds. . . . The lighthearted narrative and lively cartoon illustrations balance humor and information nicely. Back matter provides some biographical information about seven professional musicians (who make cameos as the students)." -- Horn Book Magazine

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