Audience:Children: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Dimensions:6.81in x 9.62 x 0.45 in | 0.79 lb
Page Count:56 pages
Illustrations:FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
UNIQUE AND FUN CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE: A delightful, non-denominational Christmas story with unusual heroes that young readers will love, reminiscent of holiday Claymation classic kids films, and sure to be a holiday favorite for years to come. Kids will love discovering the connections between the adventures and holiday ornaments.
INCIDENTALLY DIVERSE HERO: Strum is a brown boy, which helps set this Christmas tale apart.
FLYING START: Jashar is an author/illustrator who is getting a lot of buzz and was among six debut authors spotlighted by Publishers Weekly in their Fall 2020 Flying Starts.
DYNAMIC ART: The book incorporates two distinct art styles: one is bright, bold and stylized in the vein of J. Otto Seibold’s Olive, the Other Reindeer for the world of Strum and Drum; the other is black and white, and reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express or Jumanji, for the “real” world outside the tree.
RELATABILITY: Strum and Drum’s determination to “stretch their legs, sing as loud as they can and make the most joyous music they can make” is something we all identify with in the wake of the pandemic. This is a tale about the persistence of joy!
WIDE APPEAL: Christmas! Adventure! Music! An imaginative story with striking art that will speak to buyers across channels.
GREAT GIFT BOOK: The smaller size of this picture book makes it a perfect stocking stuffer or gift under the Christmas tree.
“This clever Christmas tale uses two distinct drawing styles to shift perspective. The surprising ending will have readers returning for a second, or even third, look.” —School Library Journal
“[A] dreamy, candy-colored world in which adventure and danger lurk…that will have readers quickly flipping back to the book’s beginning to launch the journey with fresh eyes.” —Publishers Weekly
”Awan’s enchanting, stylized illustrations are effectively varied, heightening the little drama…. Don’t worry, Strum and Drum reach the Great Star, where they make music from on high." —The Horn Book