Jam Sesh! (Vivo)

Jam Sesh! (Vivo)
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Release Date
July 06, 2021
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Vivo, the highly anticipated animated movie-musical with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will soon be dancing onto Netflix!

This 8x8 storybook includes a cardstock drum that readers can use to jam along with Vivo!

When Vivo finds himself hundreds of miles away from home, he turns to the thing he loves most for comfort: music. Follow Vivo on his adventure and celebrate his love of music by using the drum in this book!

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cute story from the Vivo movie
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JAM SESH! is a story based on the animated movie. Vivo is far from home and traveling with Gabi in a raft through the Florida Everglades on the way to sing Andres's song to his lost love, Marta. Gabi does not seem to realize that Vivo is already a professional musician, and she tries to teach him how to drum. Vivo is already an expert, and soon, they are in a jam sesh.

However, when a storm begins, Vivo is swept away in the current and alone in the Everglades. He soon runs into Lutador the python, who hates noise. Before he can pounce, Vivo is saved by some birds, and before long, he hears Gabi screaming - she is looking for him and has found Lutador instead. Vivo knows just how to escape the python - by having another jam sesh!

What I loved: This is a fun story taken from the movie that will charm young fans. There is just the right amount of brief explanations plus a dose of suspense to tell this short story. The illustrations are full of color and capture all the fun of Vivo, Gabi, and their new friends. For fans, this will be a great extension of the story and characters they love. There is also a "drum" that children can build in the back for a cute craft project to extend the fun of the book.

What left me wanting more: This has some really long sentences that make it difficult to read aloud and also for early readers. It can be quite heavy in places and makes this one that won't work well for independent readers. This book will also work better with more context from other books or the movie, as only brief information is given. As a small point, the drum also doesn't work very well and requires a lot tape to hold together, but it's still a fun item for fans to hold while reading.

Final verdict: A delightful story based on VIVO, JAM SESH! is a cute book about friendship and music that will charm fans of the show. A bonus craft item adds to the fun.
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