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The Lost Music

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How Gustave and his family left their noise-shattered home, travelled the world in search of the lost music and triumphantly brought it home again.

Melancholy because he and his children have lost their music in a world filled with nasty noise, Gustav Mole circles the globe and seeks to retrieve his music among a host of animals playing many different kinds of instruments.

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Overview

How Gustave and his family left their noise-shattered home, travelled the world in search of the lost music and triumphantly brought it home again.

Melancholy because he and his children have lost their music in a world filled with nasty noise, Gustav Mole circles the globe and seeks to retrieve his music among a host of animals playing many different kinds of instruments.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite playful illustrations featuring an engaging animal cast, this well-intentioned picture book is flawed by poor textual layout and awkward prose. Fed up with an overload of noise, Gustav Mole takes his recalcitrant children on a world tour--``to warn the world and to rediscover the music they had lost.'' From Budapest to Bali, Gustav drums up support for his cause, and is in turn serenaded by such creatures as cimbalom-playing badgers (Hungary), a sitar-playing tiger (India) and a kangaroo on the didgeridoo (Australia). The visual information on wildlife and ethnic music is the highlight of the book--Meyrick's detailed watercolors are splendidly merry--but unfortunately, her prose is not as sleek. (Older readers and young listeners alike may have trouble with such convoluted verbiage as ``The moles' mood mellowed as they savoured slow food, to the cordial piano accordion of a busking boulevard badger.'') Coupled with the seemingly random layout of text--some pages so crowded with chunks of print that the story line is almost impossible to follow--this makes for a difficult read-aloud, effectively eliminating a major portion of the intended audience. Ages 3-10. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859533041
  • Publisher: Child's Play-International
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,392,073
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.65 (w) x 10.55 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    Mole's Music is Intriguing and Heartwarming!

    I beg to differ with Publisher's Weekly's poor review of this book. After checking it out of the library on four different occasions, we are now purchasing it! My six year old daughter is enamored of the characters, instruments, and sounds. This tour of the world through music is a delight for all ages...even my teenager liked it. Let's not underestimate the intelligence of our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Music for all

    What a find! Don't buy the book without the tape to go with it. The music was delightful and will be enjoyed by everyone. A wonderfull way to introduce your children to music from around the world.

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