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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

Sonata for Fish and Boy

illustrated by Milan Pavlović

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2021
Bedtime & Dreams, Imagination & Play, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Music inspires friendship and a life full of dreams and adventure in this wordless picture book from Milan Pavlović.

When a fish hears the singing of a violin, it is drawn out of the water and into the world of a young musician sitting on a shady bench. Soon fish and boy are flying over the rooftops together, past lively street musicians, a flock of birds, then from planet to planet, before landing back on earth for an idyllic afternoon in the park. In a forest of giant dandelions they discover a little house where a band plays cheerily, then, swept up by the wind, they tumble past a familiar-looking tree and bench, where the violin lies waiting to be played once more.

Milan Pavlović’s wordless picture book celebrates the joy to be found in music, friendship, dreams and adventure.

Key Text Features

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

About the author

Milan Pavlovic lives in Toronto with his family. When he is not illustrating picture books, drawing or playing the ukulele, he is teaching visual communication and illustration at OCAD University and Seneca College. His many other books include Son of Happy by Cary Fagan, The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle by Anne Renaud, Moon Wishes by Guy and Patricia Storms, Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman (“The illustrations, in rich watercolor and colored pencil, are elegantly patterned —School Library Journal, starred review) and The Snuggly by Glen Huser.

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  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Recommended Reads

Editorial Reviews

An imaginative wordless picture book that takes readers on a journey of discovery.

Globe and Mail

The book demonstrates the power of music to transport us to different places and to transform the ways in which we see the world.

CM Review of Materials

[A] well-orchestrated, wordless appreciation of music and friendship … grounded in solid storytelling.

Quill & Quire

With sound conveyed in the colours and shapes, Milan Pavlović allows the movements of this sonata to carry readers through quiet reveries and joyous exuberance, imaginative frolics, and tempestuous storms.

CanLit for LittleCanadians Blog

An inventive celebration of music, imagination, and friendship.

Publishers Weekly

This enjoyable, wordless story is a delightfully accessible tale for readers of all ages.

School Library Journal

A loving ode to art forms that transcends language.

Kirkus Reviews

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