Book Review: Darci the Drummer Takes Drum Lessons by Jeremy Bridgman

Darci the Drummer is a picture book for children ages 4 to 9 and brings to life the story of a 2nd grade girl who is a passionate drummer at heart, bashing away to the beat with natural rhythm on anything she can find when she hears a good song. Darci dreams of the day when she can play on a real drum set with skill. However, her little brother hates the raucous noises she makes, and she has no idea how she can even become a “real” drummer. Despite the criticism from her brother, and ensuing self-doubt, her parents help show her the way by surprising her with drum lessons and the encouragement to keep working at something she loves. Darci the Drummer invokes the passion of music and of learning how to play an instrument; it introduces children to various musical terms and the names of some influential drummers that span different musical genres; and it highlights the importance of musical education and the determination needed to improve oneself through practice.

The concept for Darci the Drummer formed as a result of Bridgman’s own musical adventures at a young age, along with the experience of music lessons that his own children are blessed to receive today. Bridgman was also inspired by the delight that has been exhibited by many who have sat down at his drum sets for fun, and the perseverance that he encourages in his children when facing doubt, struggle, and criticism.




I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Darci is always drumming on things. Rather than telling her to be quiet, her parents encourage her and tell her they think she has real talent. They surprise her with drum lessons! She’s excited but once she finds out how much work it’s going to be to be a good drummer, she momentarily has doubts. Once she has the tools she needs though, she’s ready to get busy learning all she can.

Darci the Drummer has colorful illustrations on every page by Gabbi Steiger that should help keep the interest of younger children. It also has a good story that encourages children to pursue their passion, something I’ve always thought was important. I like how other learning opportunities are included such as showing the names of some of items in the drum set and explaining what a metronome does. My favorite extra learning “extra” was that when a color is mentioned, that word is that color, for example gold.

I definitely think this is a great book for children 4 to 9 to enjoy and learn at the same time.




Jeremy is an active member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and a life-long musician, currently playing the drums in various music groups along with composing and producing music in his home studio, located in the charming downtown Westchester neighborhood of Bakersfield, California. He is also the proud father of four musical children, and husband to a lovely piano teacher and singer. He manages his own company with multiple distinct aspects, consisting of IT services and support; music recording, production, and performance; book authorship; and more.

Darci the Drumm​er is meant to encourage children to pursue their musical interests and education,” says Bridgman. “In an age where music and arts programs are continuing to see a cut in funding, it’s important to begin fostering the passion for music at a young age.  I hope children of all ages remember the absolute joy Darci experiences when it comes to her love of playing the drums, and to use that joy to connect to their own interests and passions.”

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Guest Post by Husky Harlequin, author of Time’s Alibi

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Music to My Ears

Husky Harlequin Guest Post 

Music is a universal language.  We find it in our cars, on our phones, at weddings, and in our movies.  Music stitches together the everyday junctions as well and the defining moments of our lives.  In 2006, I got an idea.  What if I made a soundtrack for myself, one that expressed who I am, my life up to that point?  I shared this inspiration with my family and close friends and we came away with a simple challenge:  make a personal soundtrack and share it with others.  The only rule was it had to fit on a single CD.  I’m dating myself, I know.  With excitement, I retreated to my laptop.  The project proved to be tricky taking several iterations to get right.  I mixed nostalgia with grunge, grace with hope.  I even found my anthem.  What I produced was timeless—at least for me—a snapshot of who I am.  In the end, I gave and received many personal soundtracks.  I was surprised how much I learned about my friends and family through their selections.  Some took a chronological approach while others, like myself, took a holistic approach.  Some even enjoyed putting liner notes together to enhance the experience.  Here is Volume One of my Soundtrack.  I’d love to hear yours.


  1. Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
  1. Free to Decide – The Cranberries
  1. Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town – Pearl Jam
  1. Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
  1. These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs
  1. Nightswimming – R.E.M.
  1. Guitar – Cake
  1. Dance with Angels – Lisa Loeb
  1. The World Has Turned and Left Me Here – Weezer
  1. #41 – Dave Matthews Band
  1. Stoned – Dido
  1. Fell on Black Days – Soundgarden
  1. Life Uncommon – Jewel
  1. She Said – Collective Soul
  1. Wildflowers – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  1. A Long December – Counting Crows
  1. This Time of Year – Better than Ezra
  1. In My Life – The Beatles


In Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave, Andrew and his grandfather, David, have bonded over music.  It is the one thing they can talk about when nothing else makes sense.  Andrew is remembering his grandfather and decides to write his story.  David’s history blends with Andrew’s in the same way our own lives blossom in the presence of our loved ones.  As a tribute to David, Andrew constructs and shares his own Soundtrack.  You can find it listed as chapter titles in the book.  Check it out.  Take a read.  Take a listen.

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