Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
October 22, 2019
10.1 X 10.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.84 pounds
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About the Author
Andrea J. Loney grew up in New Jersey with a love for music--in her school band she played the xylophone. After receiving an MFA from New York University, she joined a circus, then moved to Hollywood to write for film and television. Her previous picture books include the New Voices Award-winning biography Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! and Bunnybear. Currently a computer science instructor at a community college, Andrea lives with her family and their pets in a Los Angeles home filled with music . . . and picture books. Learn more at andreajloney.com or on instagram @AndreaJLoney. Rudy Gutierrez is an award-winning illustrator whose works have earned him a Pura Belpré Honor, an Américas Award, a Children's Africana Book Award, and a New York Book Award. A Bronx native, he now lives in New Jersey and teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute. In 2002, he was commissioned to create the cover for Santana's multi-platinum album Shaman, and his art hangs in the private collections of musical icons Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, and Wayne Shorter, among others. Learn more at altpick.com/rudygutierrez or on instagram @Rudy_Gutierrez_art.
Caldecott Honor Award Winner "Simple language complements complex paintings to create the perfect literary melody." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "A harmony of sound and emotion through a child's journey, his family's warmth, and music's restorative powers." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "A book about a lot of things--music, and determination, and straddling worlds, and the celebration of Black boyhood and family--that nevertheless feels cohesive and effortless." -Horn Book, Starred Review "Acrylic paintings in rich colors exude movement and energy.... Readers will understand that Nic's talent brings him great joy." --Booklist "Multiple layers will invite a second viewing as viewers look beyond the light-touched close-ups of Nic's face to the outlined figures of busy travelers and whorls of music where each note head carries an expression in this visually emotive story." --Bulletin "Colorful, full of movement, limited in text but loaded with emotion, this is an ode to the diversity of music and the determination of a talented kid." --School Library Journal