* "Adoff takes cultural diversity to a new level in this dynamic collection of twenty-four free-verse poems about music..."
... A remarkably complete musical package."
OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
* Starred review)
"The energy underscoring Adoff's language...
invites readers to move to the rhythm of the words.
French's vividly colored pictures radiate a sun-drenched energy that harmonizes beautifully with the poets's words."(BOOKLIST)
"The poems burst with the energetic bravado of adolescence..." (KIRKUS REVIEWS)
"His free verse is highly rhythmic and demands to be performed..." (SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL)
"Adoff's outstanding poetry is sophisticated and yet completely accessible to young teens because his point of view is right on target."
(CCBC,BOOK OF THE WEEK)
..."Adoff's snappy, musical prose is energized by the dynamic illustrations of French, who conveys the feeling of each poem with sharp graphics and geometric shapes. A great introduction to poetry for those reluctant readers."
(October Staff Pics, BWI, BOOK WHOLESALERS, INC.)
"Adoff's poems and French's illustrations dance together in a joyous love of music and musicmaking that will delight readers and music lovers.
(POLITCS AND PROSE BOOKSTORE AND COFFEEHOUSE)
**The Center For Children's Books, Best Book for 2002
This rockin' collection of twenty-four dynamic, original poems vividly captures a variety of musical experiences from the teen perspective.
From playing in the school band to playing air guitar, from performing a favorite song to dreaming of stardom, the power of music is explored in passionate text and bold, energetic illustrations.
The rhythm and language of each poem reflect a different musical genre, including classical, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, and reggae. Whether hitting drums "with more force/than a million recess bullies," rapping "no one can touch me, don't even try to front," or depicting the struggles of a garage band. These vibrant poems and bold, energetic illustrations are an ode to the soul-sustaining experience of music.
Backnotes on musicians and musical terms used are included.
Illustrated by Martin French.
Published by Dutton Children's Books