Sonata for Fish and Boy

Sonata for Fish and Boy

Illustrated by: Pavlovic, Milan
Written by: Pavlovic, Milan
ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2

Music inspires friendship and a life full of dreams and adventure in this wordless picture book from Milan Pavlovic.

When a fish hears the singing of a violin, it is drawn out of the water and into the world of a young musician sitting on a shady bench. Soon fish and boy are flying over the rooftops together, past lively street musicians, a flock of birds, then from planet to planet, before landing back on earth for an idyllic afternoon in the park. In a forest of giant dandelions they discover a little house where a band plays cheerily, then, swept up by the wind, they tumble past a familiar-looking tree and bench, where the violin lies waiting to be played once more.

Milan Pavlovic’s wordless picture book celebrates the joy to be found in music, friendship, dreams and adventure.

Key Text Features
illustrations

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Music inspires friendship and a life full of dreams and adventure in this wordless picture book from Milan Pavlovic.

When a fish hears the singing of a violin, it is drawn out of the water and into the world of a young musician sitting on a shady bench. Soon fish and boy are flying over the rooftops together, past lively street musicians, a flock of birds, then from planet to planet, before landing back on earth for an idyllic afternoon in the park. In a forest of giant dandelions they discover a little house where a band plays cheerily, then, swept up by the wind, they tumble past a familiar-looking tree and bench, where the violin lies waiting to be played once more.

Milan Pavlovic’s wordless picture book celebrates the joy to be found in music, friendship, dreams and adventure.

Key Text Features
illustrations

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 1, 2021
Specifications 32 pages | 8 in x 11 in
Illustrated by

MILAN PAVLOVIC lives in Toronto with his family. When he is not illustrating picture books, drawing or playing the ukulele, he is teaching visual communication and illustration at OCAD University and Seneca College. He has illustrated over fifty children's books including Son of Happy by Cary Fagan, The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Anne Renaud, and Moon Wishes by Guy and Patricia Storms. He created the lyrical wordless picture book Sonata for Fish and Boy.

Written By

MILAN PAVLOVIC lives in Toronto with his family. When he is not illustrating picture books, drawing or playing the ukulele, he is teaching visual communication and illustration at OCAD University and Seneca College. His many other books include Son of Happy by Cary Fagan, The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Anne Renaud, Moon Wishes by Guy and Patricia Storms, Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman (“The illustrations, in rich watercolor and colored pencil, are elegantly patterned —School Library Journal, starred review) and The Snuggly by Glen Huser.

Audience ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2
Key Text Features illustrations only
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7

A loving ode to art forms that transcends language.

” —Kirkus Reviews

An imaginative wordless picture book that takes readers on a journey of discovery.

” —Globe and Mail

[A] well-orchestrated, wordless appreciation of music and friendship … grounded in solid storytelling.

” —Quill & Quire

This enjoyable, wordless story is a delightfully accessible tale for readers of all ages.

” —School Library Journal

The book demonstrates the power of music to transport us to different places and to transform the ways in which we see the world.

” —CM Review of Materials

An inventive celebration of music, imagination, and friendship.

” —Publishers Weekly

With sound conveyed in the colours and shapes, Milan Pavlovic allows the movements of this sonata to carry readers through quiet reveries and joyous exuberance, imaginative frolics, and tempestuous storms.

” —CanLit for LittleCanadians Blog

Praise for Milan Pavlovic for Sonata for Fish and Boy:

?"A loving ode to art forms that transcends language." — Kirkus Reviews

"An imaginative wordless picture book that takes readers on a journey of discovery." — Globe and Mail

"[A] well-orchestrated, wordless appreciation of music and friendship … grounded in solid storytelling." — Quill & Quire

"This enjoyable, wordless story is a delightfully accessible tale for readers of all ages." — School Library Journal

"The book demonstrates the power of music to transport us to different places and to transform the ways in which we see the world." — CM Review of Materials

"An inventive celebration of music, imagination, and friendship." — Publishers Weekly

"With sound conveyed in the colours and shapes, Milan Pavlovic allows the movements of this sonata to carry readers through quiet reveries and joyous exuberance, imaginative frolics, and tempestuous storms." — CanLit for LittleCanadians Blog

Praise for authors Guy and Patrica Storms and illustrator Milan Pavlovic for Moon Wishes:

“There are rarely more than a dozen words on each page, but Pavlovic’s spreads slow down the reading experience with mixed-media artwork that dances like the northern lights, each colour blurring and rippling into the next… . Moon Wishes embodies complete calm in its textual and visual lyricism.” — Quill & Quire

“A soothing, comforting lunar lullaby calibrated for bedtime sharing.” — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for author Heather Hartt-Sussman and illustrator Milan Pavlovic for Seamus’s Short Story:

“This familiar-seeming tale about being small in a world built for the tall takes an unexpected and rewarding turn. … Pavlovic taps into Seamus’s newfound joy with a vivid palette …” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for author Rolli and illustrator Milan Pavlovic for Kabungo:

“Occasional grayscale illustrations by comic artist Pavlovic make this surreal tale seem almost real. … Fresh and original, this appealing account of friendship celebrates differences and community.” —Kirkus Reviews

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