ONE MAN'S BIG, BOLD, AND VERY, VERY LOUD CELEBRATION OF PEACE
written by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Matt Tavares
*Starred review in Publishers Weekly
2015 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
2015 Lupine Honor Award
2015 Massachusetts Book Award, Honor Book
Massachusetts Center for the Book "Must-Read Book of 2015"
2015 ALSC Notables Nominee
Museum of American Illustration at The Society of Illustrators "The Original Art 2014" exhibit
As a young boy growing up in Ireland, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore loved music- the louder, the better! This love of music followed him to Boston in 1849, where he became a bandleader. During the brutal Civil War, it was music that kept up his spirits and those of his fellow soldiers. So when the war ended and peace was restored to the country, Patrick had an idea. He would create the biggest, boldest, loudest concert the world had ever known to celebrate. A peace jubilee! But with twelve cannons, forty church bells, one thousand musicians, and ten thousand singers, just how would all of this sound? Matt Tavares's spirited illustrations burst with sound words in perfect harmony with Alicia Potter's triumphant story of the joy of music.
An exuberant picture book applauds the man behind the 1869 National Peace Jubilee, the largest and loudest concert the world had ever seen- or heard.
Tavares's paintings deliver a rousing
performance themselves- the sea of humanity packed
into the Temple of Peace as the concert begins is
breathtaking, and a testament to the immense power
paintings magnificently capture crowds, street
and individual expressions, while the typeface makes
the individual instrumental and street sounds leap
from the page. It's just as Potter writes at the
book's end: 'So very, very LOUD! And so very, very