Picture Book Review: ThunderMaestro

Thundermaestro by Annemarie  Riley Guertin

by Annemarie Riley Guertin, Maria Brzozowska (Illustrations)

3 out of 5 stars

A little girl uses a stick as a baton to conduct the symphony of rain and thunder in a summer storm.

Maybe because I’m a musician, I had high expectations for this book. I expected a lot more descriptions of sounds and musical phrases, rather than the constant repetition of the same words. Since the premise of the book is about using your imagination, I guess I expected it to be more imaginative and less repetitive.

I’m not sure what the “pump” was supposed to represent in the “Swish, Pump, Swish, Pump” action of the baton. It doesn’t correspond to any conducting motion I’ve ever seen.

The illustrations are a weird mixture. Some of them are really beautiful, but other pages have watercolor blobs for most of the page which I think are supposed to represent clouds or raindrops.

Overall, a really cute book! Maybe I was just expecting something different, so it’s not quite what I was looking for. But it is a nice book and very fun for children who are interested in music.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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