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Marvin Makes Music Hardcover – November 8, 2012
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Gr 2-5-This autobiographical picture book depicts the youth of the composer/conductor. A child prodigy, Hamlisch entered Julliard at the age of seven. He tells of his love of music, his annoyance with practicing, and his nervousness at performing for others (including the Julliard judges). Humorous details include Marvin wearing his soft pajamas under his scratchy suit and getting locked on the roof before his audition.The digital paintings are lush, with a look of Disney-esque animation to them, although Marvin's father has the same expression in every scene. There is far too little detail for report-writing, but Hamlisch's personal story may inspire young music lovers to research further.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FLα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This snapshot from the early life of the recently deceased composer Marvin Hamlisch tells about his prodigious love of the piano. It also covers his boredom with “composers with funny names, like Wolfgang and Ludwig,” and his practice-avoidance techniques. When the day of Marvin’s music school audition arrives, a slight mishap makes him late and his nervousness makes him apprehensive, but passionate playing and childlike energy save the day. Unfortunately, the book lacks any context or back matter, which would have made it useful as a biography, and the impressive accomplishment of entering Juilliard at the age of six is only mentioned on the flap copy. The third-person text lacks the benefit of the maestro’s own voice, but as a stand-alone story, it may just inspire budding musicians who love to play yet hate to practice. Madsen’s romanticized, grainy illustrations of browns and blues adeptly show the shift between the boy’s reality and fantasies, and the finished copy will include a bonus CD of original Hamlisch music (unavailable for review). Grades K-2. --Andrew Medlar
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Top Customer Reviews
A delightful story which reminds us that sometimes we must do some things we don't love in order to reach the things we do; that, especially for a child, a great potential can also be great burden, and that having a sense of humor never hurts, Marvin Makes Music holds lessons for children and adults alike.
The young Marvin hears music all around him, and the grown up Marvin wants us to know that we can too. But perhaps both Marvins are, in a larger sense, reminding us to listen to the voice within, to be open to world around us, and to remember that each of us possesses a talent and a perspective and a potential worthy of note and of fostering.
Mr. Hamlisch writes, "Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language." So, if we can learn to listen to the music in our minds, and hear the music all around us, perhaps we will hear each other, and Mr. Hamlisch, through Marvin Makes Music, will have given us, young and old, the greatest gift of all.
Robin Westle,M.S., CCC, SLP
CD format. This is perfect for boys and girls and the other children of all ages, this book touches your mind, stirs your heart in an entertaing manner.
Marvin left us many gifts in his composings, but, this book allows you to feel his emotions and it is perfect to read to children
as well as play his final song. It will teach,train and educate your audience in a FUN way. You will also get a glimps of Marvin's whitt.
Sleep in heavenly peace, Marvin you deserve it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful story with a wonderful song included with the book on a CD