Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Phlunk's Worldwide Symphony by Lou Rhodes and Tori Elliott (Strata Books)

The Phlunk's Worlwide Symphony

Written by Lou Rhodes

Illustrated by Tori Elliott

Published by Strata Books

I remember when we first encountered "The Phlunk" - and it took us quite a few re-readings to get used to the rhythms of the book when read aloud. Now a year on we're looking at "the Phlunk's Worldwide Symphony" and it's such a lovely and approachable book which we took to instantly.

Music, listening to music, playing music (alright, we're not that talented but enthusiasm and fun are worth ten times more than mad skills on the trombone, surely?) and more importantly, the recognition that different countries and cultures all around the world have amazingly diverse and fabulous approaches to musical enjoyment.

We meet, once again, The Phlunk - that crazy Aye-Aye-Esque creature who lives on a strange shaped planet. Tuning in to the rhythms of the world, The Phlunk loves hearing the children of the world as they play their favourite instruments, tooting, thumping, twanking and plinky-plonking all sorts of wonderful instruments.

Lou Rhodes' rhymes flow really wonderfully this time around, and we loved Tori's artwork (particularly the children enjoying a rhythmic riot of sound).

"The Phlunk's Worldiwde Symphony" is out today from Lou Rhodes and Tori Elliott, published by Strata Books.

Charlotte's best bit: Perfect piano playing and thumping drums

Daddy's Favourite bit: A fantastic fun book to read aloud, with lovely rhythmic flow.

(Kindly sent to us for review by Strata Books)