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Dark Fiddler An old gravedigger recites the story of Nicolo Paganini, the 18th-century Italian violinist whose extraordinary skills and eerie stage presence made him a musical legend. Full description
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Creative Editions
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The picture book biographer is often a limited soul. If you are churning out biography after biography for a large company then I'm sure the job must feel fairly rote. You tally up the facts, place them in some kind of semblance of order, slap in a timeline, and you are good to go. Personally, I am more interested in the people who walk into the game without any previous experience and end up producing something wild and wacky and doggone weird. Wild, wacky, and weird would actually describe the ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Audrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
The pictures in this book are amazing. They fit the tone of the story perfectly. As often happens in picture books, the narration didn't quite live up to the quality of the pictures. I liked the quasi-folk story way of telling the story, but it ended up feeling a bit contrived in places. Still, it's a solid book, well worth reading if you're interesting in the subject.
This portrayal of the life of Nicolo Paganini, by Aaron Frisch, starts at his grave. The older of two gravediggers recounts the tale of the legendary musician. I was entranced at the start; drawn into this dreamlike journey, enhanced by the imagery of Gary Kelley. The right mix of illustration and text and intrigue make this a delightful read for people of all ages.
Nicolo Paganini was a violin virtuoso at age 13 and was one of the most talented and inspiring musicians of all time. But dark legends surround Paganini’s history, some even suggesting that his gift was made reality through a bargain with the devil. This illustrated biography artfully captures the mystery of the man through the legend. Known facts about Paganini follow the frightening tale and the illustrations are magnificently macabre. Age 10+.