Young Mozart

illus. by William Augel. 48p. Humanoids. Apr. 2019. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781594658044.
Gr 4–7—The world is made of music to young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Every sound he hears has the potential for melody, every surface exists as a place for him to jot down musical notes, and every object—living or inanimate—is an audience. Based on events from Mozart's childhood, these musical capers are charming and funny. Mozart may have been a genius, but he was also a child, and readers will laugh out loud at his clever commentary while gleefully relating to the quirky life lessons sprinkled throughout the book. The volume is broken into brief comic strips, each with a title set against a musical staff. The characters are vibrant, seemingly always in motion, with big heads that humorously show off the period wigs. The subdued full-color panels have an antique quality that reflects the setting beautifully while offering a welcome contrast to the characters' movement and mischief. Appended is "Young Mozart's Playbook," a section with games and puzzles with more information about the young musical legend.
VERDICT Children who appreciate music will enjoy this spirited look at an impish young Mozart, and readers of all ages will fall in love with his wonderful combination of wit and insight.–Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT

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