Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart was only three years old—not much bigger than his name—on the day his life changed forever.
So begins this vivid biography about one of the most legendary prodigies in history. Award-winning author and illustrator Diane Stanley engagingly tells the story of a brilliant boy who grew up to be a complex and often troubled young man—a man who composed some of the most beautiful music of all time.
With stunning and expressive illustrations, she portrays Mozart's turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using an innovative artistic approach to present the life of a renowned musical genius. In concise and lyrical prose, Stanley presents an honest and sympathetic portrait of the boyhood and tragically short adulthood of a composer whose music has lived on for more than two hundred years.
“As with Stanley’s other biographical works, she manages a neat overview of her subject’s life in surprisingly few pages; audiences will particularly appreciate her focus on Mozart the kid and the family that never quite forgave him for growing up and striking out of his town.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The staged effects, from the opening curtain to the suspended cherubs carrying footnotes, are well–suited to the story who spent most of his life performing or composing.”
-School Library Journal