From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.
The diverse illustrations are my favorite part of this book—it gives kids the opportunity to see more diverse set of people than they’re typically accustomed to seeing in children’s literature in a natural way without feeling the need to be preachy and whack you over the head. The music vocabulary is fun and the most surprising part to me is how much my toddler likes it—he’ll happily read it again and again!
So fun that this book introduces music vocabulary and even has a list of music terms defined at the end of the book. This book shows the diversity in music, but also a lot of diversity in the people illustrated! The illustrations are really fun and I love the bold pops of color!
Brandon Stosuy is the Editor in Chief of The Creative Independent/Kickstarter. He previously worked as Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. Brandon is a music curator at MoMA PS1 in New York City and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, and he curates the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson, New York. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Amy has created books, magazines, posters, products and illustrations for Obama for America, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, American Cinematographer Magazine, Holland America, INC, Fast Company, GOOD, Portland Monthly, The Walt Disney Company, Foreign Policy, Death Cab for Cutie, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Band of Horses, The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit Free Press, The Advocate, 826LA, Knock Knock, Creature, North and Cinco. Her work has been shown at the Manifest Hope galleries in Denver and Washington DC, the Re:Form School gallery in NYC, The 2010 California Design Biennial, The Electric Works gallery in San Francisco and in American Illustration 29.
She has 15 years of award-winning editorial design experience, and currently serves as Associate Art Director at Portland Monthly magazine.
Her first illustrated children’s book, ‘Symphony City’, was released by McSweeney’s in July 2011 and won the 2012 Ridgeway Honor Award. Her second book, ‘Music Is’ (Simon & Schuster), was written by Brandon Stosuy of Pitchfork. She is the Commissioner of a yet-to-be-formed 2017 U.S. Senate fantasy league. She is clinically Midwestern and will totally help you move.