Twelve-year-old Henry lives near a resort community for summering vaudevillians called Bluffton (Candlewick, $22.99). These performers fascinate him, and he forms a friendship with a young boy named Buster Keaton. The artwork of this gorgeous graphic novel, elegant yet simple, captures both the time in which the tale is set and Henry’s innocence. Matt Phelan has an uncanny ability to depict through his drawings the unspoken aspects of a conversation that lie just below the surface, and these details, among others, make this coming-of-age tale a delight.  Ages 8 to 12. ENR
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By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763650797
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Published: Candlewick - July 23rd, 2013

The Man with the Violin (Annick, $19.95) is inspired by a true example of how the hectic pace of modern life limits an appreciation of artistry. World-renowned classical violinist Joshua Bell played in Washington’s L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station in 2007 and was almost entirely ignored by passers-by. In this account of the event, it is the un-dulled eyes and ears of a child that recognize the gorgeous music for what it is amidst the hustle and bustle. The evocative illustrations by Dušan Petričić depict the music as warm tones floating through the grays of the everyday, while Kathy Stinson’s simple but elegant text make this a fantastic book to share with any child, musically inclined or not.  Ages 5-8.  ENR
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ISBN: 9781554515653
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Published: Annick Press - September 1st, 2013