Musical harmony and the vagaries of democracy

Musiville, a book for young readers by Nicholas Rossis with illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis, isn’t exactly an allegory, but there are subtle lessons here for the young about the value of co-operation, and the pitfalls (literally) of social disruption. At first sight, what could be nicer than a town whose every inhabitant not only plays a musical instrument, but is a musical instrument. Rossis has created an orchestra and more of hybrid creatures, including the Trumpetoon and the Pink Flassoon, the Hornolion and the Hedgarmonica. Their village home is a peaceful paradise, until a scary intruder starts to pop up from underground, encouraged by the racket that’s caused when the animal/instruments each play their own sound with no concern for anyone else. Houses begin to tumble and the ground shakes beneath their feet. What do they need? A conductor. How to find one? That’s where the plot begins to thicken. Full of fun but with real substance, I’m delighted to recommend this book.
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2 thoughts on “Musical harmony and the vagaries of democracy

  1. I got this as an Xmas pressie for my little niece who’s still a toddler, on the basis that mum or dad could read it to her and make the noises until she’s old enough to read it herself. The illustration is exquisitely exciting for young eyes and she loves it already šŸ˜€

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    1. My old eyes enjoy the illustrations too! They and the text work together so well. Sadly I don’t know any toddlers to give it too.

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