The Composer is Dead – Lemony Snickett

Lemony Snickett, author of the ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ is trying his hand at a younger audience with his new, humorous who-done-it picture book “The Composer is Dead.” There is a nice variety in the illustrations, with silhouettes of possible suspects (was it the violins? Or the tuba? Or the sneaky reed instruments?) opposing a page of more colourful, complex images. The Inspector is an interesting character whose facial expressions will delight young and old. There are double entendres for the adults, and interesting character traits of instruments for budding young musicians. The language is engaging and amusing; “We percussed. We employed xylophoniness and cymbalism. We heard the beat and beat the herd. We struck up and got down. We conquered the concert, battered the band, agitated the audience, rattled the roof, and got the phone numbers of several very attractive young sailors.” This is a wonderful book with which to introduce youngsters to orchestral music, and comes with a cd of narration and music. Fantastic for children 5-8. (The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, 9780061236273, published by Harper Collins, hardback $32.95)

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~ by ConsanguineousMind on March 11, 2009.

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