So this is rare for me but I rate this new picture book as 5 out of 5. Wild Symphony by Dan Brown is engaging on so many levels. First there are the fun illustrations by Susan Batori of all the different animals. The poetry is light and catchy. A unique twist from the main character is the addition of a hidden game within the pages. These things make this a book I would recommend to children and parents looking for a book with animals that utilizes pre-literacy skills as well as a challenge for older readers. Then the author adds “a secret lesson just for you.” Each page gives words of wisdom that kids of all ages can appreciate (even big ones). With all of those great touches, my favorite part of this whole book is actually the QR code found on the first page. This code allows the reader if they have a smart phone to download a free app. For those who don’t have a smart phone no worries just head to the webpage wildsymphony.com. I downloaded the free app and learned that Dan Brown renowned author of The Da Vinci Code and others is also a musician who plays the piano every day. With the Wild Symphony app you can listen to symphony pieces for each animal using on your phone. It’s the icing on the cake. Interactive beautiful music, funny, wise animal characters and a secret game made this a book that I read over and over.
Review by Nancy H.