The Maestro Plays

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In this cunningly, punningly performed tour de force, Maestros Bill Martin Jr and Vladimir Radunsky show readers just how masterfully they can play with words (while also teaching them about adverbs).

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Overview

In this cunningly, punningly performed tour de force, Maestros Bill Martin Jr and Vladimir Radunsky show readers just how masterfully they can play with words (while also teaching them about adverbs).

Bravo! Bravissimo!

Pictures accompany a brief rhyming text describing the antics and sounds of a musician's recital.

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[star] "Rompish rhyme and dazzling colors will keep youngsters turning the pages . . . quickly, contentedly, repeatedly."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Will wake readers right up. It's big and bold and uses words in a glorious, rousing fashion."—Booklist

[star] "A visual delight . . . Almost perfect."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"The maestro is an exuberant, monkeylike ringmaster who bounds about these boldly illustrated pages playing music any young listener can imagine."—The New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Radunsky's (The Pup Grew Up!; Hail to the Mail) stylized, hand-colored, cut-paper art triumphantly illustrates Martin's (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) playful paean to adverbs. At center stage is a clown-like creature, ``The Maestro,'' who plays a progression of instruments. And how does he play? In an intriguing variety of ways, including some that are easy enough to understand (``flowingly, glowingly, knowingly, showingly, goingly'') and some that will require youngsters to use their imaginations (``nippingly, drippingly, zippingly, clippingly, pippingly''). The book's mischievous type (it changes size and position from one spread to another), rompish rhyme and dazzling colors will keep youngsters turning the pages... quickly, contentedly, repeatedly. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152050634
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL MARTIN JR is the creator of many beloved picture books, including the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, both illustrated by Eric Carle. Among his Harcourt titles are A Beasty Story, illustrated by Steven Kellogg, and The Happy Hippopotami, illustrated by Betsy Everitt.

VLADIMIR RADUNSKY has illustrated many books for children, including his own The Mighty Asparagus and Manneken Pis: A Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War, as well as Bling Blang, Howdi Do, and My Dolly, all by Woody Guthrie. He lives in Italy.

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