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The Remarkable Farkle McBride Lithgow, John/ Payne, C. F. (ILT) 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0689833407
ISBN-13: 9780689833403
Sku: 30634872
Publish Date: 8/1/2000
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 12H x 9.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  40
Age Range:  9 to 12
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In his first book for children, actor and musician John Lithgow "(3rd Rock from the Sun)" introduces the workings of the orchestra and the pleasures of music in a jaunting, rhythmic text that begs to be read aloud. The musical prodigy Farkle McBride tries a number of instruments before discovering that conducting the orchestra makes him happy. Full-color illustrations and one gatefold.

From Publishers Weekly
No stranger to music (he released a CD for children titled "Singin' in the Bathtub"), actor Lithgow pens a romp of a tale about a prodigy whose quest for the perfect instrument leads him through virtually every section of the orchestra. "When Farkle McBride was a three-year-old tyke,/ All freckle-y, bony, and thin,/ He astonished his friends and his family alike/ By playing superb violin." After his debut, the easily dissatisfied diminutive genius trades in his fiddle for a flute ("He went Rootle-ee/ Tootle-ee/ Tootle-ee Too/ With all of the winds at his side"), then a trombone and subsequently percussion, all to no avail. Not until he steps in for an ill conductor does he finds his niche; a gatefold spread shows him ("satisfied!") in front of "all the instruments he ever tried." Lithgow's nimble verse with a limerick's beat sparkles as he introduces readers to the various instruments and their sounds. Payne's outrageously droll mixed media illustrations, with their blend of caricature and realism, recall Kathryn Hewitt's work in Lives of the Musicians. Although Farkle is remarkably difficult to please, his tale may well strike a chord with anyone who's ever made overtures at musicianship. Ages 4-8.

From the Publisher:
Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius: He plays the violin, the flute, the trombone, and the drums with incredible skill. But he's never satisfied: Something is missing.One after the other, gifted Farkle McBride learns to play a different instrument and master their sounds, but he still remains unsatisfied until an orchestra conductor becomes ill and Farkle learns his true calling. 100,000 first printing.
In the first children's book by the actor John Lithgow, poor Farkle McBride wants to make music, but he goes from one instrument to another without finding any of them very exciting. Farkle is driving his parents crazy, but they live in hope that he'll find a musical instrument he'll love. Soon something remarkable happens to Farkle, and he finally finds out what really makes him happy. With color illustrations throughout.


Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Children whose likes and dislikes change daily will find Farkle's musical searching familiar, and when Farkle McBride is finally satisfied, they will be too." - Kate McDowell June 2000

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   05
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0040
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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