Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe / ISBN 9781481480390 / 64-page hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches, from Paula Wiseman Books
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
A Today Show Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Book for Youth Editors’ Choice 2019
A Boston Globe–Horn Picture Book Honor Book 2020
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
“Extraordinary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Inspirational.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Laugh-out-loud funny.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Will tickle kids and adults alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and the little frog who dares to make her own music.
The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by a band of animals —first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf—and soon the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he calls her home?
Pokko and the Drum is a story about art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.