Valentine and His Violin by Philip Hopman

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A humorous cacophonous picture book by the illustrator of Tom the Tamer. Valentine believes he has a special knack with his violin and he is entirely right--just not in the way he expects.  He practices and practices, but he only succeeds in making more noise than music. Audiences at home don't appreciate him and Valentine takes his violin to seek his fortune. As it happens, there are times when Valentine’s peculiar talent can solve particularly pesky problems.
 

About Philip Hopman

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PHILIP HOPMAN (1961) graduated from the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Since 1988, he has illustrated over 120 children's books for publishers around the world. His pictures are crammed with hilarious details; his dashing style shows great professional skill. Previously Philip Hopman published with Lemniscaat USA Tom the Tamer, 22 Orphans and The School Trip.
 
Published September 1, 2012 by Lemniscaat USA. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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There’s a high-ceilinged music studio full of art, a walled city with canals reminiscent of Venice and a castle besieged by an army that uses both elephants and Viking boats.

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In three books, enemies are vanquished, European style.

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The New York Times

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In three books, enemies are vanquished, European style.

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in the war scene, a shocked elephant plunges off a bridge as Valentine plays, while mustachioed foot soldiers race off and war boats row hysterically away.

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On the next page, Valentine has laid into the “Marche Militaire” and the scene is pure chaos: Elephants are jumping into the moat and barreling toward us, vikings are running for dear life with their hands over their ears, and a Brunhilde complete with cast-iron bustier appears to be harmonizing ...

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