Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood

Category: Book
By (author): Farmer, Bonnie
Illustrated By: Lafrance, Marie
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / Canada
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 11.30in x 9.30in x 0.43in
Our Price:
$ 17.95
Availability:
Available: 3-10 days

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation.

Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates his talents: Oscar hears music in everything, and Millie calls him a magician for the way he can coax melodies from his trumpet. Millie writes to Oscar during his long stay in the hospital for tuberculosis, and she encourages his earliest notes on the piano.

Set in Oscar's true childhood neighborhood of St-Henri - now known as Little Burgundy - the book provides a wonderful sense of this 1930s neighborhood where most of Montreal's Black working class population lived. Detailed digital illustrations make the community's culture and music almost tangible.

The book concludes with a page of informational text about the author's own connection to Little Burgundy and a short biography of the jazz legend.
From The Publisher*A fictional glimpse into a famous jazz musician's youth
From The Publisher*Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When a bout of childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation.

Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates his talents: Oscar hears music in everything, and Millie calls him a magician for the way he can coax melodies from his trumpet. Millie writes to Oscar during his long stay in the hospital for tuberculosis, and she encourages his earliest notes on the piano.

Set in Oscar's true childhood neighborhood of St-Henri - now known as Little Burgundy - the book provides a wonderful sense of this 1930s neighborhood where most of Montreal's Black working class population lived. Detailed digital illustrations make the community's culture and music almost tangible.

The book concludes with a page of informational text about the author's own connection to Little Burgundy and a short biography of the jazz legend.
Review Quote*"Farmer hits the high notes...Lafrance's stylized, digitally colored compositions present the community's buildings and activities in a serenely nostalgic way."
Review Quote*"An engaging look at the man who put Montreal and Little Burgundy on the map of jazz history."
Review Quote*"Captivating illustrations and wonderfully descriptive text."
Review Quote*"Easygoing...satisfying...Oscar Lives Next Door has none of the pretentiousness that often plagues books attempting to teach children about art or "important" cultural figures."
Review Quote*"The right tone of reality and fiction...Little Burgundy comes alive."
Review Quote*"Fresh, radiant, and skilfully illustrated...an exquisite picture book...unforgettable...highly recommended."