Man with the Violin, The Share this with a friend

by Kathy Stinson
illustrated by Dušan Petričić

Eric Hoffer Award Digital Book Award National Parenting Publications Award Storytelling World Honor Book Best Book List, Kirkus Reviews Best Bets List, Honourable Mention, Ontario Library Association Notable Book for a Global Society Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Next Generation Indie Book Award Nautilus Award, Silver Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Honorable Mention TD Children’s Literature Award White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award finalist Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award finalist, IBBY Canada Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award finalist, Ontario Arts Council Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist Georgia Children’s Book Award nomination Maine Chickadee Book Award nomination Shining Willow Award nomination, Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Blue Spruce Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

Who is playing that beautiful music in the subway? And why is nobody listening?

This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man with the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn’t. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.

Vividly imagined text combined with illustrations that pulse with energy and movement expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With a postscript explaining Joshua Bell’s story, and afterword by Joshua Bell himself.

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“Imaginatively illustrated and beautifully written, this offbeat ode to the power of music is a winner.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 08/03/13

“The art bursts forth, creating a stunning visual expression of Stinson’s text.”
—Quill& Quire, *starred review, 11/13

“A rich springboard for creative learning across the curriculum...a must for any classroom or school library.”
—Professionally Speaking, 06/14

“The story is simple, but the language has its own musicality . . . gorgeous illustrations . . . are as light and lucid as they are satirical.”
—Booklist, 11/15/13

“Stinson’s melodious descriptions and Petricic’s colourful swirls seem to envelop the reader, captivating them just like the music captivates Dylan.”
—National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 01/28/14

“A fine reminder of the old adage to stop and smell the roses.”
—School Library Journal, 10/13

“This captivating tale is a beautiful balance between a simple but powerful text and illustrations that are full of vitality and rhythm.”
—CM Reviews, 10/13

“Find that book and open to page one. Sigh. Swoon. Hooked.”
—Nerdy Book Club, 01/18/14

“I want to read it over and over again . . . I want it to get attention, lots of attention, because that’s what it deserves.”
—Reading and Sharing, 10/13

“A wonderful tale about the importance of music in one’s life relayed in a simple, entertaining manner.”
—Resource Links, 12/13

“A beautifully illustrated book, a moving story, a character you connect with. I loved this book.”
—Crazy Casa K, 10/03/13

“The drawings almost dance off the page.”
—Cozy Little Book Journal, 10/10/13

“The art work is stunning; sophisticated, yet sensible enough to appeal to children.”
—Mike Lewis, Reading Specialist, District of Columbia, 09/29/13

“This is a phenomenal book.”
—, 09/28/13

“I think it's very important that we all pay attention to this wonderful book!”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/28/13

“A brilliant portrayal of the sensitivities of children and the sad loss of that wonder by most adults.”
—CanLit for Little Canadians, 09/05/13

“Captures the reader’s imagination just as the violinist’s music enthralls its young protagonist.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 10/13

“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, 07/29/13

“Here’s a much-needed reminder that we all need to slowwwwwwwwwww down.”
—Smithsonian BookDragon, 08/11/13

“There’s plenty to ponder in this melodious tale. It’s a story that’s bound to get kids thinking—about the importance of listening. And, of course, the power of music.”
—Book Page, 08/21/13

“The illustrations are beautiful and the writing floats and dances like music.”
—readingpowergear, 09/02/13

“Taking an actual event, Stinson weaves it into a compelling story.”
—Children’s Books and the Arts, 09/13

“This is a lyrical explanation of the value of the arts in the human experience.”
—Library Media Connection, 03/14

“I think Stinson does a beautiful job …”
—, 09/24/13

“There’s a lot to see in here—for your child and you, both.”
—Simcoe County, 10/14/13

The artwork by Dušan Petričić was perfect, meaningful in various ways, and fun . . . I love it!”
—, 11/20/13

“The author and illustrator bring music to life in this touching book that reminds us of the curious nature of children, and their ability to notice things that adults ignore.”
—The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 02/14

“Kathy Stinson … has told this story … with words and prose that seem to rise and soar like the notes of a song … Dusan Petricic’s striking illustrations …aptly compliment this outstanding picture book.”
—The Book Shelf, 05/29/14

“This is a story about mindfulness, about noticing things and taking time to appreciate them.”
—Friends Journal, 06/14

“I believe this book will become a classic.”
—For the Art of It, 08/05/14

“A true story, creative use of illustrations, and such a poignant message. A must-read.”
—The Fun Librarian, 08/10/14

“Celebrates children’s value systems, which privilege creativity over rigidly time-bound schedules.”
—The Conversation, 08/20/17