The story of Ben is fiction, but it could be the story of more than one jazz musician who grew up in the twenties. Using the art-deco style of the period, Rachel Isadora not only captures the poignancy and yearning of a youthful talent, but in page after page of striking art seems to convey the very sound of music.
From a reviewer...
We had originally checked out this book from our library, but my son (who loves music & instruments) liked it so much, I ended up purchasing it. The story is good about a boy who plays his imaginary trumpet and then (spoiler alert) gets to play with a real trumpet and learn from the trumpet player from the jazz band. I especially love the illustrations - very beautiful and expressive of the style music and instruments that it writing about - even though it is just in black and white.