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Sylvie and the Songman [Paperback]

Tim Binding , Angela Barrett
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1 Oct 2009

Sylvie Bartram lives alone with Mr Jackson the dog and her eccentric composer father who invents strange and wonderful musical instruments. One day she returns from school to find a message left in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror; her father has been kidnapped. Later that night, the house is visited by a terrifying apparition - a half-man/half-creature who is searching for something and will not rest until he has found it . . .

Sylvie uncovers an underground world of magic and evil, and with help from her friends, she must hold off a power that threatens the lives of all beings in the world. The Songman is at large, and is determined to steal music and use it for his own evil ends . . .

An exhilarating and magical story that will appeal to all readers aged 9-14.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552555649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552555647
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Binding's magical story combines the thoughts of a confused young girl and those of the animals she encounters on her journey" (Daily Telegraph)

"The stunning pencil illustrations add immeasurably to this story. Vivid writing, unforgettable scenes and a compelling story" (Carousel)

"A well written fantasy adventure based around the issue of dealing with the loss of a parent. Vivid, original imagery in the writing is complemented by wonderful line drawings throughout" (The Bookseller)

"A charming and original tale, ably told" (Observer)

"Powerful, haunting . . . Angela Barrett's delicate illustration intensifies the eerie magic. This is a classic in the making" (Irish Post)

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A compelling story full of magic and music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 11 May 2014
This is supposedly a children's book. I read it and was gripped from start to finish. I was particularly moved by the way the animals communicated. It's beautiful and realistic.
A brilliant fantasy novel for children and adults.
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A charming fantasy with dark overtones, which perhaps makes it quite challenging for the 9-12 age group for which it is intended. Parts (the Woodpecker Man and the Drummers) are genuinely scary, as is the way the book evokes a world without natural sounds. The idea of children taking on a frightening world, in which all adults are either cruel, weak or not what they seem, is a long-established one but is here given a contemporary twist. I like Tim Binding's use of imagery, and the way Sylvie communicates with the animals who have their own secret lives, and the illustrations complement the book beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!!! 19 Mar 2012
I was suprised how much this book gripped me from start to end, I could barely put it down, whenever i was out and about my eyes and hands wanted to pick up the book and start reading it, it was so amazing, i was magnetized to it.

The story is about a girl called Sylvie, who's father is a music maker. One day Sylvie comes home to find her beloved dog, Mr Jackson, had lost his bark, and her dad, had disappeared. So Sylvie, Mr Jackson and her best friend Goerge, set out on the journey of a lifetime to find Sylvie's dad, but there is one person that can stop them, the Songman....

I'd describe this book as, exciting, exhilerating, gripping, unforgetable, but sad.
This is an honestly amazing fantasy book, that will blow your mind. IT IS TRULY AMAZING! Full of thought-provoking matters and a storyline that you will never forget, it is a must read! Once you finish the book, it leaves you with one interesting thing to think about, what do you think animals would say if they could speak to us?

I recommend this book to ages 9+.

If you want an extraordinary read then i advise you to get this book.
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