Band Nerds: Poetry from the 13th Chair Trombone Player

Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Explore. (Band Nerds). Oct. 2020. 144p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781728219820.
Gr 6 Up–Calling all band nerds! Why do you have to learn scales, especially the hard ones? How many miles through rough terrain will you march in your band career? Why are the trumpets so loud and the drumline so wild? Anyone who has ever been a member of the school band will appreciate Corchin’s poetry collection. His anecdotes capture the good, the bad, and the spit valves, showcasing an inside look at the life of a band nerd. The funny poems accompanied by Dougherty’s illustrations offer a laugh-out-loud reading experience even for readers who have not discovered the joy of being a band member. There is a poem for everyone, from a short four-line ode to the triangle to a scrawling two-page confession of a crush on a french horn player.
VERDICT The latest in the “Band Nerds” series is a humorous, fun way to introduce poetry to young readers who claim to hate poetry. Classroom teachers and school librarians will benefit from including this wacky collection into their library.

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