Pokko and the Drum
|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 very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it, Pokko 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? From E.B. White Read Aloud Honor-winning artist Matthew Forsythe comes Pokko and the Drum, a picture book about a magical drum, an emerald forest, and a little frog who dares to make her own music. |
Pokko and the Drum is a cautionary folktale that's both tender and surprising, with just enough of the subversive. At it's core, it's also a story about art, persistence, loyalty, friendship, and the power of giving.
Matthew Forsythe uses a minimalist style of sparse text and simple yet stunning illustrations. His ability to communicate the extraordinary emotion, tension, and honesty in the story with so few words and such simplistic imagery is incredible.
AWARD-WINNING ILLUSTRATOR'S AUTHORIAL DEBUT: Pokko is the first book Matthew Forsythe has both written and illustrated. However, he has received a number of awards and accolades as both a comic book artist and illustrator of 5 picture books. Warning: Do Not Open This Book! (written by Adam Lehrhaupt) was an ABA E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, A Huffington Post Notable Book, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, an Irma S. Black Semifinalist, and a South Carolina Book Award nominee. Please Open This Book (also with Adam Lehrhaupt) was a Recommended Canadian Read for Children, A Wanda Book Award-winner, and received awards/ honors from a number of other states, including Kansas, Washington, and Wisconsin. His first picture book, My Name Is Elizabeth! (with Annika Dunklee) was also a New York Times Notable Book, and his comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for an Eisner Award and won a Doug Wight Award for Best Experimental Comic.