Music inspires friendship and a life full of dreams and adventure in this wordless picture book from Milan Pavlovic.
When a fish hears the singing of a violin, it is drawn out of the water and into the world of a young musician sitting on a shady bench. Soon fish and boy are flying over the rooftops together, past lively street musicians, a flock of birds, then from planet to planet, before landing back on earth for an idyllic afternoon in the park. In a forest of giant dandelions they discover a little house where a band plays cheerily, then, swept up by the wind, they tumble past a familiar-looking tree and bench, where the violin lies waiting to be played once more.
Milan Pavlovic’s wordless picture book celebrates the joy to be found in music, friendship, dreams and adventure.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Milan Pavlovic lives in Toronto with his family. When he is not illustrating picture books, drawing or playing the ukulele, he is teaching visual communication and illustration at OCAD University and Seneca College. His many other books include Son of Happy by Cary Fagan, The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Anne Renaud, Moon Wishes by Guy and Patricia Storms, Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman (“The illustrations, in rich watercolor and colored pencil, are elegantly patterned —School Library Journal, starred review) and The Snuggly by Glen Huser.
Praise for authors Guy and Patrica Storms and illustrator Milan Pavlovic for Moon Wishes:
“There are rarely more than a dozen words on each page, but Pavlovic’s spreads slow down the reading experience with mixed-media artwork that dances like the northern lights, each colour blurring and rippling into the next… . Moon Wishes embodies complete calm in its textual and visual lyricism.” — Quill & Quire
“A soothing, comforting lunar lullaby calibrated for bedtime sharing.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for author Heather Hartt-Sussman and illustrator Milan Pavlovic for Seamus’s Short Story:
“This familiar-seeming tale about being small in a world built for the tall takes an unexpected and rewarding turn. … Pavlovic taps into Seamus’s newfound joy with a vivid palette …” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for author Rolli and illustrator Milan Pavlovic for Kabungo:
“Occasional grayscale illustrations by comic artist Pavlovic make this surreal tale seem almost real. … Fresh and original, this appealing account of friendship celebrates differences and community.” —Kirkus Reviews