Reading this effervescent book takes a brief moment in time and highlights its significance, making it into a picture book to remember. The spare, deceptively simple language and energetic illustrations parallel Joshua’s innate joie de vivre… The text has its own rhythm and implicit melody, while the whimsical illustrations are full of vitality, movement and expression.
Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring 2017
How Joshua overcomes his missteps and plays with a passion that goes well beyond hitting the right notes is the key to the story.
Quill and Quire
Petricic once again uses bright swoops and streaks of color to visualize the sensory joy that music can elicit as Stinson’s direct writing underscores the rewards of dedication to one’s art.
Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2017
Magical realism is at its best in this delightful picture book … An excellent addition to most collections.
School Library Journal, April 2017
A joyful reminder that perseverance pays off.
Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2017
The book should give heart to any child trying to master an art. And the lovely takeaway is that even one of the world’s top violinists makes mistakes – but the important lesson is to keep going.
This inspirational story of persevering touched me deeply, as much as the colourful illustrations did. There’s a musical lilt to the illustrations that pair wonderfully with the words to create a masterpiece. I highly recommend this book, especially for those who love music.
POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing
An original picture book.
Booklist, March 10, 2017