Miguel and the Grand Harmony
Miguel and the Grand Harmony

Series: Disney/Pixar Coco   

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Annotation: Miguel is prohibited by his family from pursuing his first love, music--but La Musica coaxes him despite their best efforts to keep him away.
Catalog Number: #148971
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Ramirez, Ana,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-484-78149-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-484-78149-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017936308
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
La Musica narrates this touching, beautifully illustrated story about a boy with a seemingly impossible dream. As she travels through the town of Santa Cecilia, the music is everywhere a wedding, a quinceañera, and beside a family in a cemetery. When the music comes across young Miguel, she instantly recognizes the longing in his heart, which he only shows when he is alone, and she knows that she must find a way to bring music into his life. Vivid and striking illustrations in vibrant colors cover every part of this story, showing the bustling town and the excitement in Miguel's heart, as well as the sadness. The calm, poetic writing nicely contrasts with the bright, lively pages to evoke the simple yet mysterious magic of the lure of music, which affects a wide range of cartoonish characters, from Miguel to his dog Dante to Mamá Coco, who is saddened by music. Readers will cheer when the story comes around full circle and there is hope in Miguel's heart for a future full of song.
Kirkus Reviews
Miguel loves music and wants to be a musician more than anything, but his family prohibits him from pursuing his greatest love.La Música, who narrates in the first person, appears at the strum of a guitar, in wedding bells, in a static-y radio, in the strains of a single violin, whirling through town, joining musicians through the plaza, rising and rising, until Miguel's abuelita storms out of a shop and demands the musicians stop. "You'll upset Mamá Coco!" They fumble and stumble away. La Música notices a young boy staring at the guitars in the hands of the musicians, longing for music just as she disappears. Each time she appears again, she looks for the boy and finds him, secretly watching musicians on a hidden TV in his play area, "playing" his broom, but just as she's about to whisper her name in his ear, his family pulls him away. La Música arranges a careful series of events to help Miguel indulge in music, and the surprise ending lingers in the air like an overheard harmony. Readers don't learn exactly why Miguel's family has forbidden music, and though this would be puzzling in a stand-alone book, this book is a side story about the characters in Disney Pixar's Coco. The tenderness and emotional intelligence of this story serves as a great incentive to learn more about Miguel. De la Peña wonderfully expresses the impact of music on the soul, and Ramírez's bright, expressive watercolor illustrations underscore the poetic prose style perfectly. ¡Que viva La Música! (Picture book. 5-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 La Música narrates this warm, lyrical tale of artistic exploration. The golden, fairylike character is born out of sound, "a single string plucked/or a note blown/or a beat rapped." Music is present in all of life's events, highs and lows, and takes part in the "Grand Harmony." For some unexplained reason, Miguel, a boy the narrator is drawn to, is forbidden to play music. He secretly practices on a makeshift guitar while his family joyfully make shoes. Noticing the colorless void that plagues Miguel when there is no music, La Música engineers a genius plan involving mariachis, a mischievous dog, and a broken guitar to make the boy's dream to play the music in his heart come true. The character Mamá Coco is referenced throughout (the mariachis are shushed by Miguel's grandmother so they don't upset Mamá Coco), and this book ties into the plot of Pixar's Coco , but knowledge of the film isn't necessary to understand the work's celebration of music, creativity, and family. Ramírez's lively and vivid art captures the frenetic flow and the languid and exultant surge that music inspires. A candy-colored palette of oranges, purples, blues, greens, and reds depict varied settings, from a Mexican village square to quiet spaces of contemplation. Readers will want to drink up every page and phrase. VERDICT A must-purchase for picture book collections. Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal
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Word Count: 1,280
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195319 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD760L
Guided Reading Level: N
This jacketed picture book pairs Newbery Winner Matt de la Peña and Pixar artist Ana Ramírez with the celebrated Pixar Studios film, Coco. Featuring a beautiful original story based on the characters of the film, as well as vibrant stylized artwork, this title is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.

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