The Maestro Plays (Hardcover)

By Bill Martin, Jr., Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805017465, 44pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 1994



"The Maestro plays. He plays proudly. He plays loudly. He plays slowly. He plays oh-ly."

Bravo to the three maestros who created this virtuoso picture book

There is Maestro Bill Martin, who writes cunningly, punningly, winningly, grinnnigly, unsinningly.

There is Maestro Vladimir Radunsky, who illstrates smartly, artily, grandly (never blandly).

And there is the Maestro of the story himself, who amuses wryly, informs on-the-slyly, and encourages children to see how masterfully they can play with words.

About the Author

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?;" and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children's books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004. Vladimir Radunsky is the prize-winning artist of "The Pup Grew Up!, Hail to Mail," and "Square, Triangle, Round, Skinny." The pictures for "The Maestro Plays" were created in hand-colored cut paper.

Praise For The Maestro Plays

"Radunsky’s stylized, hand-colored, cut-paper art triumphantly illustrates Martin’s playful paean to adverbs. At center stage is a clownlike creature, ‘The Maestro,’ who plays a progression of instruments." --Publishers Weekly, starred review