The Man with the Violin

Illustrated by Dušan Petričić
Published by Annick Press

What happened when a world class violinist performed and almost no one listened

The Man with the Violin

Age Level

Kindergarten to grade 3

Curriculum Connections

Music, mindfulness, current events, biography


Write about a time you noticed something and wanted to pay closer attention to it but someone older didn't think it was important.

Was there anything in this book that you noticed that someone else might have missed if you hadn't pointed it out?

Find some Joshua Bell music on the Internet and listen to it.

Study how Dusan Petričić expresses the different sounds in the story through his art. Make a picture of a place you've been. See if you can use line and colour in a way that tells someone looking at your picture how you felt about that place.


Imaginatively illustrated and beautifully written, this offbeat ode to the power of music is a winner.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

In a world of sounds that aren’t always as pleasant as a Stradivarius, Stinson and Petricic remind readers young (and especially old) to stop and listen to the arpeggios.

Publishers Weekly, July 29, 2013

The Man with the Violin is a rare, special thing – a book that will move you, warm your heart, and bring you closer to the children in your life.

Heather Reisman, CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

The Man with the Violin is a rich springboard for creative learning across the curriculum, great for all age groups. It’s a must for any classroom or school library.

Professional Speaking, June 2014

Learn More

Read kids explanations for why only some of the illustrations are in colour.

Read Kathy’s TD Award acceptance speech.

Read about the first time Kathy met Joshua Bell.

View a slideshow that includes a Kathy-and-Joshua-Bell book signing.

Listen to Suzuki String School students play along with Kathy's reading at The Bookshelf.


Winner of TD Children’s Literature Award

Winner of Digital Book of the Year Award

Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award

Winner of the Gold Award of NAPPA

Storytelling World Award

Independent Publishers Award (tied for Gold)

Winner of Next Generation Indie Book Award (tied)

and more

Other Editions

Also available in French, Turkish, Slovenian, Portuguese, Korean, Serbian, Mandarin, PrintBraille, on DVD and as an ebook.