From Publishers Weekly
Nothing spurs sequels like success, and the unexpected hit two years ago of Knopf's The Art Pack, which sold nearly 150,000 copies, rendered another such book inevitable. This one, put together by the same English paper engineer and designer, working with composer and broadcaster Berkeley, is an attempt to do for music what its predecessor did for the visual arts. The real problem, of course, is that music is not visual, and though a great deal of ingenuity has gone into creating pop-up and movable instruments, scales, time signatures, piano interiors, orchestra layouts and the like, the effect is gimmicky rather than inevitable (there are even tiny drumsticks to beat on pop-up drums). The real plus in educating readers about serious music is, paradoxically, the least visual: a 75-minute, well-annotated CD that includes a surprisingly eclectic selection of "Twenty Masterpieces" with only one real chestnut-the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah-and such august choices as pieces by Josquin, Palestrina and Monteverdi, as well as unhackneyed moments from Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Wagner, Verdi, even Janacek. Plenty of novelty value, a fun gift, but don't expect the impact of Art Pack. 100,000 printing; BOMC alternate.
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This impressive gift-sized package is highly recommended for year-round giving to any avid music fan. Blend paper instruments you can take out and 'play' with instructional pop-ups and a 75-minute CD and you have a blend of music history and creative applications which should interest all ages. -- Midwest Book Review