'So inspired and patiently crafted, with such a beautiful palette. When I read it, it was as if I was transported to my childhood - miraculous. These days, at the push of a button one can reference all these amazing artistes, which will open the door to worlds of music that seep deep into the soul, and our personal shambhala. This book really is a beautiful gift and a work of art'
'An amazing history of music, really brought to life by the illustrations and diverse examples!'
Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip
'Hurrah! An eminently readable, resolutely unsoppy guide to the exciting, often cryptic world of music. Rose Blake’s characteristically witty and saucy illustrations throughout will delight her fans of all ages'
'The magical story of music presented as one glorious, boundary-free jumble of creation where Mozart, DJ Kool Herc and 12th-century choral works feature on the same page. Enthralling, inspiring, boldly original and with the funniest and most charming illustrations'
Mark Ellen, music writer and broadcaster
'I've read a stack of other histories of music and couldn't recommend any of them to a child – they were always written from the perspective of one tribe, excluding others, or else they were sunk by heavy-handed agendas. Mary Richards and David Schweitzer have produced an inclusive survey which glows with unforced enthusiasm for the endless variety of music-making. Rose Blake's vibrant illustrations are a perfect match for the text – genial, generous-spirited, surprisingly ambitious, and fun'
'A musical journey around the world ... tackles big questions'
'A riot of colour & musical facts'
'[A] wide-ranging, accessible and rich resource for musical exploration - a feast for eyes, ears and mind!'
The School Librarian