NEW YORK MELODY by Hélène Druvert
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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An adventurous and curious musical note flutters out of a concert at Carnegie Hall to see what else might be happening in New York City.

The note discovers a Broadway jazz club and interacts with every instrument in the band, dancing and swooping through the double bass, the trumpet, the drums, the saxophone, and the trombone, partaking of joyous rhythms all through the night. In the morning it joins a guitarist in Central Park, where it brings forth more notes, then a chord, and then a song that catches the ear of a bike rider, who carries the song all through the city. Druvert employs lyrical verses in aabb rhymes, creating images that soar along with the music. Inventive, detailed illustrations in blue-gray, black, and white, along with one shining, golden trumpet, alternate with, and provide depth for, breathtaking, incredibly delicate and intricate laser-cut black pages, enriching the sweet, slight tale. In this French import, New York City is as much an important character as the musical note, with constant movement, lively nightlife, and depictions of some of its iconic buildings, water towers, street carts, fire escapes, and more. Adults will need to be the guardians of this beautiful work, carefully turning the pages with their thin, white protectors so their little ones can listen and admire and fall under its spell.

An amazing, glorious experience. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-500-65173-5
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2018


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