Title: INSIDE OUT: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE - Scarce ...
Publisher: Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1990
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 120 pages. Published in 1990. The American composer's book on music. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Elizabeth Swados' "Inside Out". Whimsicality as musicality. "A story detailing adventures among musical instruments on the order of The Phantom Tollbooth that is made up of unbridled whimsy, an incomprehensible plot, and page after page of unrestrained verse" (Library Journal). An absolute "must-have" title for Elizabeth Swados collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Elizabeth Swados. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online andis in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American composers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 0316824666. Bookseller Inventory # 4890
Synopsis: Two indifferent music students find themselves in a world made up of musical instruments who need their help to fight against the evil King and Queen of Flats and their plan to eliminate all music.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-- Swados' "musical adventure" is neither musical nor much of an adventure. Twins Gemma and George (Nan and Bert Bobbsey with red hair) never practice for their weekly lessons with Mr. VagenWorgenVurst, and on this occasion their playing is so dreadful that Mr. V's allergy to poor music causes him to explode. The resultant shock waves blow Gemma and George into a surreal world inside the musical instruments that fill the teacher's strange dwelling. They find the fantasy land in danger from the wicked Queen of Flat Notes and Duke of Sharps (not to mention their obnoxious children), who are bent on destroying all music. The children are designated to save the day, supposedly learning the importance of playing music correctly along the way. In places the text is written to look like poetry, but it has no rhythmic life, frequently does not scan at all, and is as banal and repetitious as the rest of the text. Consistency isn't a prime element either. Mr. V. is first described as "formidable," then a half page later is "timid." Characterization is handled by means of parenthetical comments. Gemma says something sternly ("She was the less patient of the twins") or decides to go speak to someone ("She was the more sociable of the two, though George was very loyal.") And so it goes. Those who like their fantasy laced with lunacy should stick with Daniel Pinkwater. This effort is flat from start to finish. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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