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The Music in George's Head

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The Music in George's Head by Suzanne Slade
Hardcover $17.95
Sep 13, 2016 | ISBN 9781629790992

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★ “One of American music’s masterpieces, ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ is introduced here along with its composer, George Gershwin…. Slade and Innerst… work beautifully together to create a book that builds to a crescendo just as ‘Rhapsody’ does. The swirling text wraps around the inventive (and mostly blue) art, both literally and figuratively, capturing the time period as well as the dazzling musical piece…. This is fitting celebration of a musical milestone—keep a copy of the song cued up for curious listeners.” —Booklist, starred review

★ ”Slade teams up with Innerst for this pleasant picture book biography of composer George Gershwin… Innerst’s acrylic spreads are almost entirely done in blue and gray tones, with broad brushstrokes, scanned textiles, and paper adding texture; each scene is striking. Slade’s narrative is highly readable and lightly peppered with musical onomatopoeia…. A detailed author’s note, time line, and bibliography add further depth to this well-researched work. Readers will get a glimpse into Gershwin’s mind and find the music within. Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal, starred review

★ ”Slade illuminates George Gershwin’s creative process, from inception to premiere of “Rhapsody in Blue.”… Innerst’s acrylic-on-paper compositions, in a striking palette of indigo, sepia, and white, whimsically evoke both the period and the composer’s creativity…. Bravo!” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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