Morgan is not pleased when his parents sign him up to play floor hockey at the community centre; he stinks at hockey and it's no fun. So when Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three and a good hockey player, is unhappily signed up for piano lessons, Morgan crafts a plan to trade places.
TED STAUNTON lives in Port Hope, Ontario. He divides his time between writing and a busy life as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. He has received numerous Children's Centre "Best Books/Our Choice" awards, a Silver Birch Award nomination and a Hackmatack Award nomination.
"Music By Morgan is a short book and written very well. The plot will be well liked by children of all interest and reading levels. Recommended."
One of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Great Reads for the Holidays 2011"
"...chronicles the hilarity and drama that ensues when Morgan and his friend Aldeen attempt to pull off a classic switcheroo."
"...offers a careful balance of humor and description, and the characters are effectively developed, putting this title squarely into the goal for early readers."
"...a solid and satisfying offering for newly independent readers."
Students will be able to relate to a common problem of feeling anxiety about going to team sports or music lessons. Using this book as a read aloud could fit into a discussion of personal talents and career choices. Highly recommended.
Author Ted Staunton has a wonderful eye for the dynamics of kids' relationships and his always active sense of humour gives readers a funny tale with some real truths embedded. Illustrator Bill Slavin, also no slouch when it come to finding humour in situations, gives his audience just enough goofiness and action for their reading pleasure.
Each of the ten short chapters includes one full-page black-and-white cartoon illustration. These effectively portray the characters and highlight important moments. These provide accessible, comfortable stories for students who have moved beyond early readers but are not ready for much greater length or more complexity.