Strange Mr. Satie: Composer of the Absurd

By M. T. Anderson
Illustrated by Petra Mathers

In a brilliant performance worthy of the composer, M. T. Anderson and Petra Mathers present a picture-book biography of the singular Erik Satie.

Throughout his life, Erik Satie wanted to make a new kind of music, a kind of music both very young and very old, very bold and very shy, that followed no rules but its own. At first glance, Erik Satie looked as normal as anyone else in Paris one hundred years ago. Beyond his shy smile, however, was a mind like no other. When Satie sat down at the piano to compose or play music, his tunes were strange and dreamlike, his melodies topsy-turvy and discordant. Many people hated his music. Few understood it. But to Erik Satie there was sense in nonsense, and the vibrant, surreal compositions of this eccentric man-child would go on to influence many artists.

  • Great example for kids of someone who dared to march to the beat of his own drum!
  • Bringing this M.T. Anderson book home from Viking as a paperback with a refreshed cover and the addition of a telling subtitle.
  • Very excited to have German-born illustrator Petra Mathers on our list for the very first time. She has been honored with a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators and has had a book named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books by the New York Times.

About the author

M. T. Anderson is the author of Handel, Who Knew What He Liked, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. He also wrote the National Book Award–winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party and its follow-up, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves. His novel Feed was a National Book Award finalist. M. T. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the illustrator

Petra Mathers says, “Even though he walked everywhere he went, Satie was never a pedestrian; he was always a little aloft.” Petra Mathers has written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children, four of which won New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books honors. Her first book, Maria Theresa, was awarded the Ezra Jack Keats Medal. She lives in Astoria, Oregon.

ISBN: 9780763687755
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Dimensions: 215 x 266mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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