Darci the Drummer is a picture book for children ages 4 to 9, bringing to life the story of a 2nd grade girl who is a passionate drummer at heart, bashing away to the beat with natural rhythm on anything she can find when she hears a good song. Darci dreams of the day when she can play on a real drum set with skill. However, her little brother hates the raucous noises she makes, and she has no idea how she can even become a “real” drummer. Despite the hurtful criticism from her brother, and the ensuing self-doubt, her parents help show her the way via surprise drum lessons and the encouragement to keep working at something she loves. The story invokes the passion of music and of learning how to play an instrument; it introduces children to various musical terms and the names of some interesting famous drummers that span different musical genres; and it highlights the importance of musical education and the determination needed to improve oneself through practice.
|Publisher:||JWB Professional Services, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 9 Years|
About the Author
The concept for Darci the Drummer formed as a result of his own musical adventures starting from a young age, along with the experience of music lessons that his own children are blessed to receive. He was also very inspired by the delight that has been exhibited by many who have sat down at his drum sets for fun, and the perseverance that he encourages in his children when facing doubt, struggle, and criticism. Lastly, he will never neglect to mention the number of toys, boxes and bins, and kitchen utensils that have been transformed into wonderfully noisy band instruments around the house.
Gabrielle "Gabbi" Steiger is a freelance illustrator originating from Bakersfield, California. She recently graduated from California State University of Northridge with a BFA in Animation, and has since been building herself up as a brand and as an independent business. Her life goal is for art to be her career. She runs her own shop where she sells stickers, prints, buttons, and more with her original art and illustrations, and is in the process of creating original self-published comics and zines for the public to enjoy. You can probably find her at random coffee shops drawing people, and doing odd jobs like pet portraits and courtroom sketching.
Music also plays a big part in her life and helps maintain her well-being, and she is extremely excited and grateful to be able to produce the illustrations for this book about a girl pursuing her dream of becoming a drummer. Music is awesome!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My five year old grandson is taking drum lessons so I thought this would be a great book for him, sadly he was not impressed. There was too much text for him. There were parts he likes, but he talked more about the pictures and didn't really listen to me while I was reading. I think this story was good, but rating it for ages 4 to 9 is a bit unrealistic. I think children 7 and up would probably get more out of this story. Darci is a normal child who drums on whatever she can get her hands on. Her brother tells her she is the worst drummer and too loud, typical sibling behaviour. Darci's parents set her up in lessons and she begins to love her new skills, as does her brother. The illustrations are bright and very detailed. A good book for a primary music teacher to share with her students. The publisher, Ingram Spark/JWB Professional Services, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions shared are my own.