What a smashing book! Here came Frankie, into our house, and he was an immediate hit. From a gentle start, this story is soon bursting with colour and life. Frankie is a quiet child living in a serene house in a neat street with sensible parents. His dad is able to read in silence for hours while his Mum enjoys peace and quiet with her crossword. As the mother of three (3,6&7) it sounds like bliss but life in Ellington Avenue looks a little dull...... until Frankie decides he'd like to learn the trumpet and as he plays colour creeps into the gorgeously-textured pictures.
The notes from the trumpet are a rainbow of glossy colour, a fruit salad of music bursting forth like a carnival across the pages. And Frankie's parents begin to tap their feet to the music and the street begins to dance. Bright and bold, this book is a refreshing reminder to parents that peace and quiet is not always what it's cracked up to be. Children should be having noisy, and as you can't beat them, join them!
In addition to being a lovely story, this book introduces the thought-provoking idea for preschool and KS1 children (2-7), what colour different sounds might be, the pictures a melody might elicit in your imagination, and what they inspire in your different senses. My daughter (7) was fascinated by the thought that for some people (synaesthetes) sound, colour, shape and smell and so interlinked that that musicians and artists (e.g. Kandinsky) can see and hear their work in a multisensory way. Brilliant!