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From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the se From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.


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From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the se From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.

30 review for Music Is...

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chance Lee

    Bjork likes it

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margaux

    Beautiful representation of all that music is, in the form of an opposites concept book. Can't wait to read this to my baby who loves music so much! Beautiful representation of all that music is, in the form of an opposites concept book. Can't wait to read this to my baby who loves music so much!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian Wilson

    Introducing 1 year olds to low-fi and high-fi is kind of hilariously useless, but otherwise me and my young daughter enjoyed this book. It's inclusive and introduces aspects of music. Recommended to parents. Introducing 1 year olds to low-fi and high-fi is kind of hilariously useless, but otherwise me and my young daughter enjoyed this book. It's inclusive and introduces aspects of music. Recommended to parents.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Audric the Illiterate

    The beautiful illustrations and limited words per page earn an automatic 5 stars from me, though there be no rhyme or reason to the plot. Really inspiring me to practice piano more, but it’s hard when I love the maracas so much!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Reuben

    “Music Is . . .” by Brandon Stosuy not only shares the incredible diversity of music, but it also reveals its universal appeal. Moreover, readers may learn some new musical terms, like “lo-fi”, “hi-fi”, “fuzzy guitar”, and “clean guitar”. Additionally, Amy Martin's illustrations are cheerful and pleasant, making for a very enjoyable read. “Music Is . . .” by Brandon Stosuy not only shares the incredible diversity of music, but it also reveals its universal appeal. Moreover, readers may learn some new musical terms, like “lo-fi”, “hi-fi”, “fuzzy guitar”, and “clean guitar”. Additionally, Amy Martin's illustrations are cheerful and pleasant, making for a very enjoyable read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    A great, simple board book that talks about all the different kinds of music through opposites (loud, soft, happy, sad). Short sentences, introduces some new vocabulary (though I had no idea what "lo-fi" and "hi-fi" were, haha), and , bright illustrations! A great, simple board book that talks about all the different kinds of music through opposites (loud, soft, happy, sad). Short sentences, introduces some new vocabulary (though I had no idea what "lo-fi" and "hi-fi" were, haha), and , bright illustrations!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cady

    If you’ve read this book you might have noticed the text is odd- sparse, then descriptive about Jazz, then a little rhyme? Anyways, my husband and I love music and the illustrations, so we wrote our own text. Feel free to write it into your copy with a pen, as we did ours!!! Music is quiet, notes to bring us peace. Music is loud with a boom boom beat! Music is slow, for dances with control Or made of fast sounds so you can shake and jump and roll! Music is hard, make it loud and maybe scream! Music i If you’ve read this book you might have noticed the text is odd- sparse, then descriptive about Jazz, then a little rhyme? Anyways, my husband and I love music and the illustrations, so we wrote our own text. Feel free to write it into your copy with a pen, as we did ours!!! Music is quiet, notes to bring us peace. Music is loud with a boom boom beat! Music is slow, for dances with control Or made of fast sounds so you can shake and jump and roll! Music is hard, make it loud and maybe scream! Music is soft, like something from a dream. Music is sad, you might shed a tear Music is happy, meant for all to hear! Music is one - you can practice every day. Music is many, so find some friends and play! Music is lowfi, raw and distorted. Music is high fi, just like they recorded. Singing a cappella only voices are essential Lose the voices, add a band and we call it instrumental Acoustic is tradition, hands, strings and pick Plug it in, crank it up and now it’s electric! Next two are fine Because music is moving - it shapes the way we dance And music is calm- it can put you in a trance and it wraps up with a rhyme of it’s own!! Hope you enjoy these rhymes and if you don’t, no worries and have a nice day :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Kane

    I loved how this book explained the different types of instruments and what each of the do and the sounds that they make. Many schools start to offer band around the 5th grade so this book may be a good read in like 3rd and 4th grade so they can see all the different things that could do and get them excited at a young age about music. this could also be used in a music class and then made into a hands on project.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jolynne Dougherty

    Read this book for Baby & Toddler Storytime this morning. We made loud and quiet sounds on the carpet. After we finished the book, we practiced making different types of sounds with our egg shakers. I would like to use this book one-on-one with a child. There's a lot of good music vocabulary in the book a cappella, instrumental, acoustic, electric, lo-fi and hi-fi (I wasn't ready to explain that to the group this morning). There is a glossary at the back of this board book. Read this book for Baby & Toddler Storytime this morning. We made loud and quiet sounds on the carpet. After we finished the book, we practiced making different types of sounds with our egg shakers. I would like to use this book one-on-one with a child. There's a lot of good music vocabulary in the book a cappella, instrumental, acoustic, electric, lo-fi and hi-fi (I wasn't ready to explain that to the group this morning). There is a glossary at the back of this board book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James S

    How can this be a book about music. There is no rhythm or rhyme to it. It's repetitive without building an appealing cadence. In the few pages where it breaks from the droning of "music is" there still really is no flow to it at all. This should have gone through a few more drafts. Thankfully the illustration is at least appealing and conveys a lot of the feeling that the words fail to. How can this be a book about music. There is no rhythm or rhyme to it. It's repetitive without building an appealing cadence. In the few pages where it breaks from the droning of "music is" there still really is no flow to it at all. This should have gone through a few more drafts. Thankfully the illustration is at least appealing and conveys a lot of the feeling that the words fail to.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    A great book to learn about the qualities of music and opposites. Great illustrations with diverse people and very colorful. This book may be better as a picture book, seems a bit old for the board book crowd. But hopefully they'll enjoy it too. A great book to learn about the qualities of music and opposites. Great illustrations with diverse people and very colorful. This book may be better as a picture book, seems a bit old for the board book crowd. But hopefully they'll enjoy it too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michaila Smith

    As the mommy to a music living little boy, I adored this book! It was so cute and fun to vary your voice quiet, loud, hard, soft when describing different types of music. Baby R lived this book and we will reread before returning to the library I am sure!

  13. 5 out of 5

    kate ♥

    such a happy & fun board book! i love how it shows lots of different kinds of music :)) would be an awesome book for little kids (+ everyone else too!), especially for a music-lovers (like me!) and it just made me smile :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    My 3-year-old loves this! We both really enjoy the bright colors and faces, and she loves naming the instruments. The exploration of opposites is great, too. I think it's open-ended enough to let you (the adult) add musical examples as you read, or maybe inspire you to find more. My 3-year-old loves this! We both really enjoy the bright colors and faces, and she loves naming the instruments. The exploration of opposites is great, too. I think it's open-ended enough to let you (the adult) add musical examples as you read, or maybe inspire you to find more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    As joyful, varied, and colorful as music itself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Perez

    Bold, bright and fun for children. It caught and kept my baby's attention, and I look forward to the kinds of conversations about music it will spur in future readings. Bold, bright and fun for children. It caught and kept my baby's attention, and I look forward to the kinds of conversations about music it will spur in future readings.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria Shuffit

    Fantastic book to introduce very young children to the joy of music!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    This is such a cool book for kids! It has some great representation both in culture and race, and it covers a whole gambit of music types!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I like so many things about this book--the illustrations, the multi-cultural cast, the mini glossary at the back--but it just didn't end up engaging the attention of the toddlers in my storytime. I like so many things about this book--the illustrations, the multi-cultural cast, the mini glossary at the back--but it just didn't end up engaging the attention of the toddlers in my storytime.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

    I like this book because this is about music and there's all different kinds of ways of music in this book. But NOT opera! And NO rock-and-roll, really. I like this book because this is about music and there's all different kinds of ways of music in this book. But NOT opera! And NO rock-and-roll, really.

  21. 4 out of 5

    William Francis

    My first library book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    R Waterfall

    I love music, so this was a fun little read! :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    alpha luna midnight

    this book is about how music can change the world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tia

    I loved the vast representation in this book. It truly made me remember why I love music and hope my son learns to love all music too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Scarlet

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Mom reads it to me every morning, and I turn the pages all by myself. I pick this book over just about anything (besides The Wheels on the Bus, that one is just CLASSIC).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ame

    I loved the emo girl lying on the floor in emo anguish for the "music is sad" page. Just glorious. I loved the emo girl lying on the floor in emo anguish for the "music is sad" page. Just glorious.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    So happy to discover this gem of a book, gifted to my baby by a fellow library student/storytime reader. Beautiful illustrations with diverse representations, this is truly a nonfiction book highlighting different musical instruments and the joys of music. The back also provides definitions of musical terms mentioned in the book so I learned something new too! Definitely a book that older children can appreciate too - my hope is that is comes in other formats besides board book in the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Diverse cast of characters, gender and culture; Great introduction to music for toddlers - definitions in back allow for you to do lots with this book; Really great rhythm; Use of opposites Went over well in storytime

  29. 5 out of 5

    Miss Pippi the Librarian

    A great book about music. Music covers a range of styles and moods. I wish this was a picture book instead of a board book! 2018 storytime theme: Instruments 2021 storytime theme: Babies (Music) Reviewed from a library copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I LOVE THIS SO HARD

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