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Max is really a boy like any other, but he has a talent for music and a strict mother who wants him to be a great musician.
Max has no idea that he is about to meet one of his heroes: Mozart, the genius who was one of the greatest composers of all times.
Max is really a boy like any other, but he has a talent for music and a strict mother who wants him to be a great musician. When the doctor says that Max must not to go to school for a few days, Max has no idea that he is about to meet one of his heroes: Mozart, the genius who was one of the greatest composers of all times.
Can you imagine Mozart as a child, going down a snowy slope on a sledge, watching cartoons on TV or eating hamburgers? Well, in 'Mozart in the Future' all that and more is possible when you follow their adventures as they try to return Mozart to his own time, helped along by a mysterious fairy-like being called the Spirit of Music.
To sleep. Perchance to dream…
Reviewer Amy Lignor:
Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world – her dog, Reuben
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Reviewed By Amy Lignor Of Bookpleasures.com
Published November 1, 2009 Childrens & Young Adults
To sleep. Perchance to dream…
This children’s book is unbelievably beautiful, and the morals it teaches are as beneficial for adults as they are for children. To me, it’s on par with The Polar Express, and the mystery of Santa Claus. It teaches belief, faith, hope, and magic that should be carried inside our hearts into adulthood.
We begin in a small village located in Vorarlberg, Austria. This is a place where “nature took pains to be beautiful.” (Don’t you love that line?) Immediately we, the readers, look around at the mountains covered in a glistening blanket of snow; and stare up at a wooden house with a lovely terrace and a garden that is covered in flowers and vegetables, depending on the season. A young boy named Max lives in this stunning location with his parents. His mother, Astrid, (who is a huge fan of Mozart) bakes mouthwatering food in their kitchen and dreams of her children becoming well-known performers in the theatre or opera-house. She’s a strict, but living mom; she wants her son and daugther to do well, like all us mothers do, so she tends to push Max into practicing his piano playing constantly. Although Max sits and stares out his window at the children playing in the streets, he listens to his mother and tries very hard to become better and better at his music. His father, Mark, tries to tell his wife to lay off his son once in a while – not to push him so much – or Max will end up hating the piano because he’s forced to play instead of wanting to play. Although Mom tries to give Max some space to be a kid, it’s almost impossible for her, and Max begins to spend alot of time alone and upset, wishing for a friend his own age to play with.
For a brief moment, the author brings us back in time to a young boy feeling the same way. He plays his piano and loves his music, but his father is very adament that he work on it for hours and hours. After all, he’s already been good enough to play for kings and queens – so little Mozart needs to keep practicing so he can someday go down in history as the greatest composer of all time. Mozart, too, looks out his window at the children playing outside. A part of him wishes for the freedom to join them and have a little fun while he’s still young.
Back in the present, Max runs to a small cabin that his father built for him and sits inside, feeling very gloomy and alone. When suddenly, out of nowhere, a beautiful woman with violet eyes and hair comes across the snow to his door. She tells him she is the Spirit of Music. She knows that Max is depressed and she doesn’t want him to lose the will to play his pinao. She disappears and across the snow comes a strangely dressed child who looks lost. Max rnds from the cabin and invites the boy in. And, sure enough, realizes that the small, confused boy is actually his mother’s favorite composer – Mozart. But how did Mozart travel from the eighteenth century to meet Max?
The fun ensues in this enchantng tale as Mozart discovers the amazing creations that the centuries have provided. He is astounded by the fact that a person can call their mother on a small black contraption called a cell phone. He is enthralled when he realizes that the big, strange box in the corner can come on with the touch of a button and play something called cartoons for his amusement; the box is absolutely mesmerizing. And the MP3 player makes Mozart’s jaw drop in awe. The most adorable part for me is when Max mentions the internet. Mozart replies, “I have not had the pleasure of knowing that lady. Madam Internet! Is she a princess or a queen?” He also meets “pierced and colorful gentlemen” who his new friend, Max, calls punks. He is treated to hundreds of flavors of ice cream that make his mouth water; in his time he only had chocolate, strawberry and vanille to choose from. Mozart is amazed when Max says the world calls him a genius, when MOzart beieves that the person who created the TV is the real genius.
What Mozart does miss, however, is his piano. So Max makes sure the house is empty and takes the musical genius to his piano at home to let Mozart play. Sure enough, the music lifts Max into another world. I found it absolutely wonderful when Mozart says tht playing music, to him, is like fooling around; he gets lost in the fun and playfulness of it all. When he plays his piano, he’s free. Royalty has told the young Mozart that when he plays they can actually hear his heart laughing with joy. (This is how writing makes me feel, so I completely understood.)
Soon, Max’s family finds out about the young stranger, and Max must find a way to get Mozart home, safe and sound. An adventure begins on trains and buses until the two young boys are standing outside Mozart’s yellow house. But the Spirit soon returns and lets them know that Mozart can’t just walk in – not two centuries later – because the past would mingle with the present and poor Mozart could end up mad as a hatter. So they wait for a sign, which comes in the form of an eclipse.
This story is absolutely wonderful and teaches so much to young and old alike. I love it when the Spirit explains about passion and dreams. She makes the boys understand that all humankind needs creative people, people with a deep love and feeling of their craft, in order to survive. The world has evolved in the areas of technology and science, which is good, but the world also needs the art, music, and written words that touch the human heart and send it soaring to unimaginable places. She also makes us understand that if you give up your destiny, give up your dreams, that you risk getting bitter as you get older. When people stop creating, art and music will die, and with each day the world will grow sadder and paler…
All ages should read this book. If you’re a kid, you’ll learn that passion is a wonderful thing to have for something you love to do, and with the right balance of hard work – you can achieve anything you put your mind to. If you’re an adult, you’ll learn that even though life throws some curve balls and the world is gray some days, the passion you have in your heart needs to be revived. The eternal flame in your soul that holds your faith and dreams needs to survive and blossom – no matter what stands in your way.
Bravo to the author! And bravo to the illustrator, because the accompanying sketches in this book were highly enjoyable. This is the author’s first book. And I hope that children’s librarians across the globe purchase it so that it becomes a ’staple’ for children and adults everywhere.
What a wonderfully fun story
Mozart in the Future
By Tania Maria Rodrigues-Peters
What a wonderfully fun story–Mozart in the Future is not just for children who are interested in music! Written by Tania Maria Rodrigues-Peters, with beautiful illustrations by Pedro Caraca, the story can help children and parents realize and find a balance of activities in their lives.
I love children’s books that take special care to provide appropriate and complementary covers, artwork and format. Indeed Mozart in the Future does that extremely well. For instance, instead of boring quotation marks for dialog, every line that shows somebody talking begins with a musical note – Isn’t that Cool? And the young Mozart is simply precious, in my opinion.
Then you will meet The Spirit of Music, who comes first to Max, as a beautiful woman dressed in yellow, whose violet eyes and hair match! Max is a young boy who loves learning how to play the piano, but also wants to play with other children. However, his mother believes he is the next Mozart and must constantly practice! Until Max becomes ill and the doctor orders complete rest. It was during this time that The Spirit visited!
Because she actually knew Mozart when he was a young boy–and guess what? Mozart had a very strict father who demanded the same thing from him–constant practice! And Mozart had never had an opportunity to have a friend or play, just for the fun of it!
Until The Spirit of Music brought Mozart into the future!
Can you imagine what two small boys might get into when they meet for the first time, having had no time to play, or have a close friend? Can you imagine what Mozart, especially, must have been thinking when he saw all the magical inventions that were now available? Well, you really don’t have to imagine–Tania Maria Rodrigues-Peters, in Mozart in the Future tells us about Mozart watching TV for the first time, about his seeing an escalator, etc.
But Mozart has a whole life of creating beautiful, wonderful music! How is he going to get back home, into his own time?
You know what? I was having just as much fun reading this book, as you and your children will have! Yes, this is a perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas for any child, from say, 6 to 96! Bring a little music into the lives of your children… You’re going to love this one, just as much as I did! Don’t let this one go without checking it out!
G. A. Bixler
I love music and I love this book!
I love music and I love this book!
from LadyD Books – Children’s Books Reviews
Carsten Peters invited me to review the children’s bookMozart in the Future written by Tania Maria Rodrigues Peters and illustrated by Pedro Caraca. Being a pianoteacher for over 15 years and having a classical background I was delighted to have this opportunity and graciously accepted. Having studied Mozart and also having piano students choose a piece by Mozart for a recital piece, I was anxious to read this paperback book and read the author’s approach to a great classicalcomposer. Besides, the book title intrigued me.
The book begins in a small village in Vorarlberg where we meet Max one of the main characters who loves to play the piano, along with his mom and dad, a sister, too. This family has a similar lifestyle as mine, the love of gardening, cooking and preserving food. Right away Tania reveals to us the family dynamics of a laid-back father, a strict mother who strongly desires for her two children to be successful in music and a four year old sister who adores her brother.
The main characters, Max and Mozart meet one another and develop a beautiful exchange of friendship. Young readers will stay captivated as the plot flows along in today’s world with TV, cell phones, elevators and escalators. The boys seem to need each other and the spirit of music inspires them both. This wonderful book written by Tania is a powerful love story of music and a fun adventure filled with imagination and inspiration for all young musicians and music teachers to read.
I was so impressed with Tania’s detailed descriptions with her writing skills! Page 44 reads:
” Max takes him to a room where the piano is. Mozart runs to it like a person who has not had a drink for days and suddenly sees a jug of water.”
If you are a creative person in need of inspiration to continue with your composing and practicing of your instrument or if you find yourself performing in front of crowds of family and friends with joy and strength from your heart and just need a reminder of refreshment to keep dreaming, creating and shining brightly for all to see, then I highly recommend this great book to you. It is definitely one that I will want my piano students to have in their library. You will want to find out if Mozart can return to the past when the future is in his mind! I love music and I love this book! 5+ *****
There’s a Torte recipe at the end of the book that you will enjoy, too!
About The Book:
Max is really a boy like any other, but he has a talent for music
and a strict mother who wants him to be a greatmusician.
When the doctor says that Max must not to go to school for a few days,
Max has no idea that he is about to meet one of his heroes:
Mozart, the genius
who was one of the greatest composers of all times.
Can you imagine Mozart as a child, going down a snowy slope on a sledge,
watching cartoons on TV or eating hamburgers?
Well, in ‘Mozart in the Future‘ all that and more is possible
when you follow their adventures as they try to return Mozart
to his own time, helped along by a mysterious fairy-like being called the
Spirit of Music.
For more information about the author, visit her website at:
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