By Amy Martin
(McSweeney's McMullens, Hardcover, 9781936365395, 48pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
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In Symphony City, a young girl, lost in a big city, makes her way home by following the rich and vibrant music of the streets. Bursting with bright colors and narrated in lively, staccato phrases, Amy Martin's debut children's book is at once a sweeping page-turner and a book that makes you want to stop and pore over every page.
Symphony City is an exciting adventure story for children and parents who love music, art, and big imagination. As a special bonus, the dust-jacket unfolds into a giant two-sided poster, suitable for extended gazing.
Amy Martin is a Midwest-raised, Los Angeles-based illustrator. Amy has contributed work to The New York Times, 826LA, McSweeney's, Chiat|Day, Manifest Hope, Smog Design, The Advocate, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, and Knock Knock.
Winner of the 2012 Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Award!
"Martin, in her children's book debut, delivers images of meditative calm; in each spread, blocks of translucent color fill in the background, leaving the contours of the pictures' subjectshands playing instruments, bodies, buildingsoutlined by the white space that remains. Martin succeeds in capturing a world of sound using only visual cues."
"Dazzling cityscapes and 19 cats to count make this a captivating read for all ages."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Amy Martin masters the use of color to denote emotion This book will be treasured in one's family library, especially by music loving urbanites, and further, passed on for generations. Symphony City encapsulates the emotive experience of listening to and playing music, a feat as it stands, but also demonstrates the power music wields to soothe, nurture, and even bring someone, in a sense, home."