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- Print Length: 122 pages
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- Publication Date: December 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018UATY8A
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Musiville: Where Does Music Come From? (Mystery Smiles Book 2) Kindle Edition
|Length: 122 pages||Age Level: 5 - 10||Grade Level: 1 - 7|
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By Nicholas C. Rossi
Illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis
The little village of Musiville is occupied by either strange animals or even stranger musical instruments. They appear to be a combination of both. And loud! Oh so loud. Their favorite thing is playing their music in bands. All kinds of music all at once. Did I say music? It's impossible to say when each musi-animal is playing a different tune or style.
The variety of musicians like the Pelicanophone and the Drumopotamus is as different as the instrumental noise--I mean music --coming from them. At first they think it's great playing their own music with others doing the same, in spite of headaches and earaches. Soon, so many various styles and sounds become chaotic LOUD music, quite deafening even to the musicians themselves.
Imagine a Frogpipe playing soothing bagpipe songs while Cymbalape clangs away on cymbals. it's just too much for Maracerus who is considering moving away before the whole town literally falls apart from the vibrations. Already parts of many of the houses are losing shingles and creaking as if haunted by ghosts. It takes an earthquake, a real one, to make Maracerus realize that the whole village is dissonant--playing out of tune. Frogpipe agrees and exclaims over the racket that what they need is a conductor. And that's when all of Musiville decides to hold a competition to select the one best suited to be a conductor. It's an easy solution to a big problem--or is it?
Nicholas C. Rossi, author of the widely acclaimed award winning 'Runaway Smile,' has once again written a quirky, lovable story guaranteed to make children of all ages laugh out loud over the absurdity of his characters. While engaged in figuring out which combo of animal and musical instrument is which, they are also learning through his storyline that all problems can be solved when everyone agrees to work together in harmony.
The illustrations are comical and unique, and the author puts a glossary at the end of the book describing each music maker and showing it's picture. This would be much more helpful if placed at the front of the story. This most unusual story can be read to little ones, while appealing to older children who can read for themselves, and many childlike adults, of which I am one. Young readers tired of the old well-used fairy tales, will especially enjoy the funny, often clamorous works of this talented, multi-genre writer.
Micki Peluso, author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
The clever illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis will delight children, as will the names of the animals. There is an appendix in the back of the book to help with the identification of the animals.
What I really liked about Musiville is the lesson learned when everyone comes together and is considerate of one another. It is perfect for reading to younger children, as well as for older children. I give Musiville five stars.
A group of animals has evolved into musical instruments. Or is it the other way around? Whichever the case, they have now formed their own little village: Musiville. And bands. Lots and lots of bands. When everyone starts playing their own tune, buildings get torn down by an invader. Can Musiville be saved by the unexpected threat?
Here's a great book for all the kids out there. With fantastic illustrations and story that hits the important issues, it's something your kid should read. This story shows what great achievements can come from cooperation instead of competition.
This story shows what great achievements can come from cooperation instead of competition. With all of the animal-instrument hybrids, the story tells you that being different is completely OK, that you can embrace it and even use it.
The imagination of both authors is fantastic. There are even descriptions and drawings of Musiville citizens at the end of the book.
Top international reviews
Welcome to Musiville, a village of animals that has evolved into musical instruments or is that musical instruments that have evolved into animals? Either way, each of the animals of Musiville love to play their own music until one day something terrible happens...
Musiville is a wonderful children's book with the core message of working together. The story follows Maracerus, a rhinoceros with a maraca for a horn, as he wakes up to a cacophony of sound from the village square. Every animal has been playing their own music for far too long and the animals need to work together to create harmonious music in order to save their village.
This is a very fun read for both kids and adults alike. I wasn't sure what to think when I first saw the book but the story had me instantly interested in reading on. It is easy to read although I did find myself occasionally wondering how to pronounce an animal's name or which instrument it was part made of, perhaps more my lack of knowledge of things such as agogo bells than a problem with the story. However to fix this problem there is an appendix at the back of the book where all the animals are listed along with a brief description and a lovely picture so you may want to keep referring to the appendix if you wonder what the animals look like.
This book has some very fun illustrations throughout the pages. The pictures are all a bit silly and really put a smile on your face as you read through the story. Although they display well digitally, I'd recommend getting a hard copy if you can as you'll see the double page spreads so much easier.
I really love this children's book and I've read it more than once! The different animals and their pictures are what really makes me come back to this book again and again, particularly the Celliraffe and Flurrow, but with it's core message of cooperation this really is a great book for anyone of any age to read.
Maracerus, a rhinoceros with a maracas type appendage instead of a horn, and his good friend Flurrow, who can sing like a flute, need to help the other musianimals, each with a different musical instrument instead of noses, learn a valuable lesson - before their Village is ruined.
There are great illustrations throughout to help kids (and adults) see what the animals look like.