BOOM biddy BOOM biddy BOOM BOOM BOOM!
What’s that noise filling the room?
From this rousing beginning unfolds Christmas Parade, a merry board book from Sandra Boynton.
As the dynamic parade of spiffy and intent musicians marches by, young readers will see animals and their instruments in turn: chickens with bassoons, ducks with trombones, mice with piccolos, cow saxophonists, a tiny bird with a large tuba, a glockenspiel pig, even a Santa rhino with a sack full of presents—all underscored by marching snares (fifteen hippos, one cat) and one booming bass drum (an intrepid elephant).
Written with the irresistible rhythm of a lively marching band and illustrated with Boynton’s signature characters, Christmas Parade is a superb present for young children and families everywhere. Biddy BOOM.
What I loved: In typical Boynton fashion, this book knows how to appeal to infants and young toddlers. Many animals and bright colors fill the pages of this book. With a non-religious Christmas theme, the book captures the excitement of the season with a special parade and all the instruments and balloons that come along the way. The repetition of the sound (biddy boom) and the overall rhythm of the text when read aloud adds to the fun for young ears. The small board book size is great for little hands who can explore the book with turning pages on their own. The song at the end adds some fun to the book, and I would love to hear Boynton record it (if not already recorded).
Final verdict: Another silly delightful board book from Boynton, CHRISTMAS PARADE is a great celebration of holiday excitement and music. Highly recommend for infants and toddlers, where they are already fans of Boynton or not.