It's still on pre-order, but Gary Kelley was nice enough to hand deliver a copy of his new picture book, Dark Fiddler, to our new office. He was also, ahem, nice enough to sign a copy for me to add to my collection (a thousand million thanks Gary!)
The book is a product of Creative Editions, whose picture books are more for art loving grown-ups more than for kids. Unless you have super sophisticated kids. What? Well of course you do! What was I thinking?
The story, written by Aaron Frisch, is about Italian violinist Nicolo Paganini. The jacket describes it so:
Enveloped in shadowy folktales and trailed by the rumor that the Devil guided his bow hand, Paganini was a ghost story even while he lived. His skills were so marvelous, his stage presence so otherworldly, that he defied any rational explanations available to audiences of the early nineteenth century. And so the legend began. In Dark Fiddler, Gary Kelley's haunting artwork accompanies Aaron Frisch's words to present Paganini's life of fame and affliction, recounting the tall but true tale of a man who mystified Italy, enchanted Europe, and made music that resonated beyond the grave.
So, a perfect bedtime story for your perfectly sophisticated child.
Below is a spread from the book.
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