Full of joy and discovery, Louis Thomas' The Music of Life is a simple, melodious picture book about finding big inspiration and beauty in the smallest of details.
At night when everyone else is asleep, one artist sits awake--pencil in hand, stuck
. Lenny is a composer, but this evening, no music floats from his head.
Then as night breaks into dawn, Lenny's cat, Pipo, begins lapping milk. Lick lick lick
. Birds yawn awake, singing in the trees. Tweet tweet!
A bike bell tings
on the street below. Suddenly, Lenny notices a rhythm to the world around him. He pulls on his coat and walks through the city to write down every sound he can find. Lenny listens to a gardener, a jogger, a dogwalker, and more neighborhood characters.
Finally, the morning's sounds culminate in a sun-dappled symphony that Lenny conducts in the center of the park.