"The Maestro plays. He plays proudly. He plays loudly. He plays slowly. He plays oh-ly."
Bravo to the three maestros who created this virtuoso picture book!
There is Maestro Bill Martin, who writes cunningly, punningly, winningly, grinnnigly, unsinningly.
There is Maestro Vladimir Radunsky, who illstrates smartly, artily, grandly (never blandly).
And there is the Maestro of the story himself, who amuses wryly, informs on-the-slyly, and encourages children to see how masterfully they can play with words.
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Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children's books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.
Vladimir Radunsky is the prize-winning artist of The Pup Grew Up!, Hail to Mail, and Square, Triangle, Round, Skinny. The pictures for The Maestro Plays were created in hand-colored cut paper.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-While a maestro can be considered a master of any art, in the field of music, the term usually reserved for a composer, teacher, or conductor. Here, he is the actual musician, playing a variety of instruments during a rather unusual concert in which the multitalented virtuoso rides animals, swings on a trapeze, and walks a tightrope while playing. Radunsky's wonderfully bizarre illustrations, created from hand-colored cut paper, are a visual delight. His two-page spreads, sometimes horizontal, sometimes vertical, use a variety of bold colors and shapes. His constant change of scale keeps things lively. Radunsky does an amazing job of conveying the various emotions, from the introspective depiction of the maestro seated at the piano to his joyous marching as he "sweepingly" plays an accordian. Just as important to the success of this book is the text. Martin achieves most of his rhymes by using adverbs ending in "ly." Thus the musician plays at various times "proudly," "loudly," "dizzily" or "wildly." An infectious rhythm builds, at times lapsing into nonsense, but resulting in an almost perfect coupling of text and illustration.
George Delalis, Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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