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Double bass blues

by Loney, Andrea J.,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
A joyous celebration of family, community, and the unifying power of music, perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street .

Nic is an aspiring musician whose life spans two different worlds--his suburban school where he wows his friends in orchestra, and the busy city streets of his home where he's jostled by the crowd. Nic makes his way home from a busy day at school with a double bass on his back, the symphony of his surroundings in his heart, and a sweet surprise for the reader at the end of his journey. This is a sweet, melodious picture book about how dedication, music, and family can overcome any obstacle.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Young Nic plays an epic bass solo with his school orchestra and then travels across town to jam with a band made up of older musicians in this briefly worded tale of a boy who loves making music. A growling dog, a couple of teasing kids, a crowded bus, a cloudburst, and a broken elevator are not enough to discourage the boy from reaching his destination. Onomatopoeia and dialogue make up the few words used in the text. Gutierrez's acrylic paintings in rich colors exude movement and energy while delineating the sounds of the child's day, which he plays on his bass. Musical notes and measures decorate some pictures, while others show Nic in the background as he trudges along the street, carrying his huge bass. One intriguing double spread reveals an M. C. Escher-like staircase that seems endless to Nic as he lugs his instrument to his destination. The dreamy look on Nic's face clearly reveals the ""zone"" he enters when playing music, and readers will understand that Nic's talent brings him great joy.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A young double bass player faces obstacles en route to his grandfather's house in this visual ode to the blues. Resting his cheek alongside melodic vibrations emanating from the instrument, Nic, who is black, seems harmoniously connected to his music. After a teacher applauds the performance, the diverse band packs up ("Epic solo, Nic!") and heads out ("Catch you later!"). But Nic faces quite a commute outside the band room's peace. With silent determination, he scales a suburban fence ("Ooof!"), faces a growling dog ("Grrrrrrrr!"), and navigates a bustling cityscape that drips with inclement weather ("Plunk, plunk, plunk") and public commentary ("It's bigger than him!" two children laugh, pointing at the bass). Persisting through storm and ridicule, Nic finally arrives at his grandfather's city building--only to find the elevator out. But his celebrated arrival, at a loving, musical oasis not dissimilar from the practice room, offers him the space to make music based on his journey's travails. Sparse, onomatopoeic text by Loney (Bunnybear) and vibrant, cubist-style art by Gutierrez (Mama and Me) combine to create a harmony of sound and emotion through a child's journey, his family's warmth, and music's restorative powers. Ages 4--8. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Double bass -- Juvenile fiction.
Musicians -- Juvenile fiction.
Bands (Music) -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandfathers -- Juvenile fiction.
Neighborhoods -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Double bass -- Fiction.
Musicians -- Fiction.
Bands (Music) -- Fiction.
Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Neighborhoods -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors Gutierrez, Rudy, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf"--Title page verso.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781524718527
1524718521
9781524718534
152471853X
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