This Magical, Musical Night

Little Bee. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781499811728.
PreS-Gr 2–Like a 21st-century update of Lloyd Moss’s virtuoso Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, this really is a magical, musical book. Musicians of all skin colors and all manner of formal dress, from tux to hijab, chime in from first tune-up to last fabulous note. As the notes crescendo, the entire stage gives way to a dreamscape in electrifying colors of soaring, grooving, intensely focused players, from strings to wind instruments and plenty of percussion. “Listen to those brilliant players building lush harmonic layers. Notes go soaring like an eagle. How majestic! Royal. Regal.” The motion of the text plunges readers forward, ever forward, with musicians who are animated, diverse, rapt, and focused. The text at last peaks: “The tempo slows, now more subdued. How unique, each movement’s mood. It’s like a magic music potion—sounds excite, stir up emotion.” The notes fade to loud calls from the crowd: “Bravo! Encore!”
VERDICT This is no lullaby—this story sings. Share this with children before first concerts, a primer on orchestras, or even just a course on tuneful collaboration.

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