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Handel, Who Knew What He Liked
ISBN: 9780763665999
Author: Anderson, M. T./ Hawkes, Kevin (ILT)
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: September 2013
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: A whimsical portrait of the 18th-century master composer includes coverage of such topics as his habit of secretly practicing in the attic against his father's orders, his triumphant composition of The Messiah, and the illness and bad luck that overshadowed his life. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Music
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Music | Classical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Europe
Library of Congress Subjects:
Composers; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Composers.
Dewey: 780.92
LCCN: bl2013039643
Lexile Measure: 550
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Candlewick Biographies
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.25" L x 0.25" W
 
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Contributor Bio(s): T. Anderson is the author of the young adult novels THIRSTY and BURGER WUSS and a faculty member of Vermont Collegeís MFA Program in Writing for Children. About HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED, he says, "As a child, I loved Handelís music, because it seemed to suggest that humans are a noble race, full of reason and gentility. Then I got to high school."

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of a number of popular books for
children, including WESLANDIA, THE LIBRARIAN WHO MEASURED THE EARTH, MARVEN OF THE GREAT NORTH WOODS, and PAINTING THE WIND: A STORY OF VINCENT VAN GOGH. He says, "I loved illustrating this book, though it was quite a challengeóHandelís music is so beautiful and powerful, and his life was so complex. I hope Iíve done him justice."
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
A clearly defined theme, a lively text, and stunning illustrations, many embellished with baroque-style frames, make this biography a fully integrated experience. The text strikes the right note between admiration and information. One marvels at the depth of a picture-book biography that includes, in addition to a compelling and witty text, a chronology of Handel's life, a discography, and suggestions for further reading. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2001 #6)
A clearly defined theme, stated in the title; a lively text, sufficiently detailed but not overburdened with minutiae; and stunning illustrations, many embellished with baroque-style frames, make this biography a fully integrated experience for young readers. Beginning with a sly commentary on the size of the wig Handel wore as an adult, the text strikes the right note between admiration and information. As it describes Handel's determination to become a musician despite his father's wishes, the incidents chosen to demonstrate the point include that of the boy's smuggling a clavichord into the attic so that he could practice. Subsequent pages describe his musical training, thanks to a noble patron; his successes as a giver of concerts in such venues as Venice and Florence; his love of opera and attempts, with mixed results, to introduce the form into England; events attending the successful premiere of Water Music and the not-so-successful debut of Music for the Royal Fireworks. (Fortunately, the music transcended the event.) The biography then depicts the vibrant, self-confident subject despairing at his fate after his operas lost favor with the public, followed by his decision to complete, against great odds, a final concert series in Dublin for which he had to compose a new work. That work was the Messiah-and it assured Handel's place in musical history. One marvels at the depth of a picture-book biography that includes, in addition to a compelling and witty text, a chronology of Handel's life, a discography, and suggestions for further reading. Add to all this the superb interpretive illustrations by Kevin Hawkes, executed with respect for the text and understanding of the subject, and you have a book worthy of a standing ovation. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 November #3)
"In this irreverent picture-book biography, the legendary baroque composer is vividly brought to life," wrote PW in a starred review. "These gifted collaborators deserve a Hallelujah Chorus of their own." Ages 8-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 October #3)
In this wittily irreverent picture-book biography, the legendary baroque composer is vividly brought to life. "You'd have to be sure of yourself to wear a wig that gigantic," the author points out archly on the first page, commenting on an accompanying portrait of George Frideric himself. Meanwhile, perched above the ornately decorated text box, a fly (as in "fly on the wall") looks on. This sort of sassy visual and verbal repartee sets the tone for a fresh and funny take on history, and Anderson (Burger Wuss) does a bang-up job of condensing and explaining the major (and more colorful minor) events of the composer's larger-than-life career. For his part, Hawkes has a field day slipping in sly visual asides, including an ancestral portrait that looks down in surprise at the young Handel smuggling a clavichord past his disapproving parents, and a pair of feuding divas in a catfight. Like all grand opera, there's pathos as well, most particularly in the events surrounding the writing of the "Messiah," and Hawkes's lush and sweeping acrylic paintings pick up on the more poignant as well as the puckish elements. The author comically debunks popular myths as well, such as the tradition of a standing ovation during the "Hallelujah Chorus" originating with the king: "This story is almost certainly not true, but it is a good story nonetheless." Unobtrusive sidebars explain a variety of musical terminology, and a discography and timeline of Handel's life are also included. These gifted collaborators deserve a Hallelujah Chorus of their own for this volume, as well as a request for a speedy encore. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 December)
Gr 1-5-In this picture-book biography, both illustration and text are characterized by a saucy style, impeccable pacing, and a richness of content, and the two harmonize splendidly in a manner befitting the subject. Anderson's words and anecdotes are well chosen, and his sense of timing heightens impact whether describing mischievous childhood antics of the classical composer (the boy smuggling a clavichord past unsuspecting parents) or solemn occasions (the circumstances surrounding the creation and performances of the Messiah). The author is also adept at conveying the spirit and flavor of Handel's music. Hawkes's highly textured acrylics manage to combine depth and drama with a great sense of fun. Double-page spreads display a shimmering River Thames during a performance of Water Music as well as ornate opera halls and drawing rooms. Close inspection of the scenes and the elaborately carved frames surrounding the text reveal comedic cameos. The attention to detail extends to a whimsical, scrolled Latin copyright message and graceful gold arabesques on the endpapers. Clear definitions of technical terms are embedded in decorative panels throughout. This performance is worthy of a standing ovation.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.