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In the Hall of the Mountain King

In the Hall of the Mountain King
By Allison Flannery | Dedicated Review

The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 11, 2013

In the Hall of the Mountain KingIn the Hall of the Mountain King

By Allison Flannery, Illustrated by Vesper Stamper

Hardcover: 34 pages

Age Range: 5 and up

Publisher: Samizdat Publishing (2013)

What to expect: Music, Fantasy, Movement, Adventure

This book is a wonderful illustrated adaption of a classical piece of music, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” composed by Edvard Grieg for the sixth scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen’s 1876 play Peer Gynt. Just as this riveting piece of music, with its dynamic changes in rhythm and sound, plays with our ears and emotions, first-time author Allison Flannery captures the reader’s attention with the ever-building adventure of a young Peer Gynt and his dog. The main character ventures “through the forest and out the other side; farther than he had ever been before.” It is there that he finds “the best treasure of all—A CASTLE!”

Paying homage to the Norwegian heritage of both the playwright and composer, Flannery has set the book in Norway, circa 1860. The watercolor illustrations by Vesper Stamper match the energy of the music and amplify Flannery’s words with gusto. There is a lot of illustrative detail that plays with Flannery’s enchanting storyline and children will enjoy seeking out the Mountain King’s daughter who can be found on almost every page. To complete the interactive experience, Flannery has provided a CD with 5 pieces of music from the Peer Gynt Suite, along with a three-step lesson plan that is easy and fun and links the story to the music.

Illustration copyright, 2013, by Vesper Stamper

Illustration copyright, 2013, by Vesper Stamper

This is a pitch-perfect book that will capture the attention of an entire classroom, while also teaching children about rhythm and whole body movement. Despite the fact that this is a perfect book for any family, teacher, or caregiver with an appreciation for music, Flannery’s retelling stands alone as a wonderful story for all picture book fans.

Add this book to your collection: In the Hall of the Mountain King

For more information, visit: http://inthehallofthemountainking.com

Discover coloring pages, puppets and additional lesson plans: http://www.allisonflannery.com/how-to-use-this-book/

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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