Bashing things together to create sound and rhythm is a primal drive – the very young understand this perfectly but grown ups lose touch with this simple pleasure.
Mother Owl certainly fails to find the joy in Baby Owl and friends thrashing a miscellany of her cookware. Or as the young birds rightly assert – “making music!”. Stehr captures their delight (and the cacaphony) perfectly with his simple line drawings and clever layering of text.
Baby Owl gaily bangs a pot with wooden spoons – BIM BAM BIM BAM BIM. One by one her friends join her. Canary finds pot lids – TISH TISH TISH. Sparrow returns with a bowl and ladle – BOOM BOOM BOOM. Chick and Raven join the band!
But it’s all over when a slightly wild-eyed Mother owl confiscates the instruments, telling the dejected little birds she’ll be back.
She’s somewhat redeemed when she flourishes a delicious cake. Replete, the youngsters wonder what to do next… and the story ends with a twist and an amusing finale on the back cover.
“BIM BAM BOOM” is a simple, playful board book for toddlers. We love it.
With thanks to the Gecko Press for the review copy : )