Strum and Drum - by Jashar Awan (Hardcover)

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.5 Inches (H) x 6.5 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: .75 Pounds
Suggested Age: 3-7 Years
Number of Pages: 56
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Holidays & Celebrations
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jashar Awan
Language: English
Street Date: October 4, 2022
TCIN: 85701747
UPC: 9780735272392
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-2144
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

"A pair of Christmas tree ornaments set out on the merry adventure of a lifetime in this ... picture book about the inner lives of holiday decorations"--

Book Synopsis

A pair of Christmas tree ornaments set out on the merry adventure of a lifetime in this imaginative picture book about the inner lives of holiday decorations.

All is quiet in the forest as the Great Star rises in the distance, and two little musicians, Strum and Drum, wake up from a deep slumber and set out to make the most joyous music they can! But as Strum strums his guitar and Drum drums her drum on their way to the North, some mysterious obstacles fill their paths . . . flickering lanterns, bubbles of glass, a silver waterfall, a tiny house, dangerous animals . . . and a wooden man with a toothy grin warns them of a beast with green eyes lying in wait. For this is no ordinary forest -- it's a Christmas tree, on Christmas Eve, and Strum, Drum and all their new friends are ornaments! But when the green-eyed beast strikes and sends them tumbling out of the "forest," Strum and Drum's quest to reach the Great Star seems doomed . . . until a little boy setting out milk and cookies for Santa spots them.

Review Quotes

"This clever Christmas tale uses two distinct drawing styles to shift perspective. The surprising ending will have readers returning for a second, or even third, look." --School Library Journal

"[A] dreamy, candy-colored world in which adventure and danger lurk . . . that will have readers quickly flipping back to the book's beginning to launch the journey with fresh eyes." --Publishers Weekly

"Awan's enchanting, stylized illustrations are effectively varied, heightening the little drama. . . . Don't worry, Strum and Drum reach the Great Star, where they make music from on high." --The Horn Book

"[A] cheerful Christmas tale that will bring a smile to young readers." --Seattle Book Review

About the Author

JASHAR AWAN is an author-illustrator. His debut picture book, What a Lucky Day!, met with critical acclaim. His most recent book, Only Ants for Andy, was one of five "Books for Young Children" selected for the 2023 & 2024 Choose to Read Ohio Booklist. Before turning his talents to literature for children, Jashar was a frequent art contributor to The New Yorker, particularly their "Goings On About Town" section. He has also illustrated for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal and Dark Horse Comics. In December 2020, he was profiled by Publishers Weekly in their "Fall 2020 Flying Starts" as one of the most promising children's debut authors. A longtime New Yorker, Jashar now lives in Ohio with his wife and son.
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.4 inches length x 6.5 inches width x 9.5 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.75 pounds
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Claire21 - 3 months ago
My 5yo loved this story and so did I! The illustrations were beautifully done, and the story was creative and intriguing. The text tells the story of two musicians, Strum & Drum, and their adventure through the forest. As the story continues, the reader can begin to infer that the forest is not exactly what it seems. This text would be excellent for practicing predictions and inferences, especially for grade-school children.
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