Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Musicians of Bremen

The Musicians of Bremen

1996 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: John Segal
ISBN: 0689805012
Though it has been endlessly done and redone, the is something new about this version of the Grimms' tale. Jabe Yolen's easy, brisk prose brings alive the story of the four unfortunate animals consigned to death by their masters: the music they make together is hideous, so awful it saves them. John Segal's spare, small watercolors strike amusingly discordant and hilarious notes. He leaves ample white borders around the pictures and open space within them to invite reader's imagination to play its own music with this tone-deaf band.
John Cech   ©1996 Parents' Choice
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the author of a number of children's books and, most recently, of Angels and Wild Things, a scholarly study of the works of Maurice Sendak. (1996 bio)

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