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Summary: Toot, toot! Dum ta dum! Shika, shika! What's that noise? Lift the flaps to find what instrument the animals are playing. This musical board book encourages your toddler to join in and make some noise!
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading.
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 4
Age of Child: Read with 3-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My three year old enjoyed it, even though it was a bit too young for him to get truly excited about it. Even so, he enjoyed making the sounds of the instruments. I was surprised that my three year old enjoyed it as much given how simple the narrative structure is, but he did!
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book. Had I read it to my children when they were younger, they would have really enjoyed it. It is a guess-the-instrument-based-on-its-noise book that toddlers would really get into. Additionally, the musicians are all animals which lends to the fun.
Pros: With its bright illustration, fun premise of making sounds and the panel turns, toddlers will love with Toot! Toot! The easily recognizable sounds and instruments to give toddlers a sense of accomplishment.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This would be a cute and appreciated baby gift.
Educational Themes: In addition to guessing the sounds the instruments make, ask toddlers what sounds the animals make. The brightly colored illustrations can also be a great way to talk about colors and ask your child what colors they see.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.