Easy to get started with, lots to learn if you want. Much bigger and heavier than the Kaossilator 2, but the bigger pad also makes it easier to play precisely. Lots of pre-made sounds and rhythms to mix together. It all seems aimed at electronic dance music of some kind, but you could probably use it for other stuff with some effort. Kind of addictive. I didn't get to explore very much of it.
At first glance it might look like a series of blonde jokes with the characters all familiar stereotypes, but I found it quickly became more interesting.
It keeps up the jokes and the one-episode-to-a-page format, but also develops a continuing over-the-top high-school soap-opera plot. The characters remain cartoony and exagerated but also become more complicated and sympathetic each in their own way.
There are six volumes now of which the library has three. I ran out and ordered all six for myself from amazon.ca. The first 4 volumes form a nice self-contained story arc, so the library should consider picking up #4 at least.
One of my favorites of the classic Asterix stories, in the original language! Great fun for any student of French to read and try to puzzle out the puns.
It reminds me of a harmonica in that it plays different notes depending on whether you blow or suck. Approximately: one direction gets you a major chord, the other the corresponding dominant. So playing something like a major scale would require confusing navigation around the two sets of notes. I had to make myself a chart. I found it a bit frustrating but obviously it would need more practice and I probably don't understand how it's typically meant to be played.
Not hard to play, sounds great. Be warned that this can be really, really loud in the hands of a sufficiently motivated toddler.