I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In the Hall of the Mountain King by Allison Flannery
Illustrator: Vesper Stamper
Published by Samizdat on April 1st 2013
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy
Source: ARC from publisher
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This beautifully illustrated story brings to life Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's musical masterpiece and Henrik Ibsen's timeless characters. Geared toward children 4-9, the story follows young Peer "into the forest and out the other side" where he finds the mysterious Mountain King's castle and begins a harrowing chase that mirrors the movement of the music it’s based on. The book includes a CD with orchestral performances of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and four other pieces from the "Peer Gynt Suite."
This is a super cute book. What I love most is the fact that it’s based on music. I think it’s really helpful for children to learn to appreciate music in this way, by tying it in with a book. I’ve always enjoyed Peer Gynt and the story and having this book kind of ties it together in a visual way as well. So first they have the music and then they have the words and pictures to go with it. It’s sure to keep the kids’ attention and interest. I’m sure I would have enjoyed this as a kid.
There’s also a really fun model in the back that’s kind of a way to teach it- for teachers or parents. I get the feeling that this book is more of a teaching device, but honestly I think it would be just a fun thing for kids to read, especially reading along with the music playing. I just really love the idea of music and story going together so well and I see it more often with kids’ books- maybe it would just work better with kids’ books- but I would love to see more of this in writing aimed at an older audience.
I love the illustrations too. Anyway, I will definitely be saving this book to read to my kids. I hope that they will have the same level of appreciation for both the written word and music that I do.