The award-winning work is now reissued as a Candlewick Picture Book Biography.

George Frideric Handel always knew what he liked. And he was never afraid to do what he liked — whether smuggling a clavichord into the attic, sneaking off at a duke’s castle to play the organ, ordering forty-five pounds of snow to chill his wine, or writing operas that no one wanted to hear. Even in his darkest hour, when it seemed everyone and everything were against him, Handel stayed true to himself. And because he did, he has become one of the best-loved composers in the world. In this absorbing biography, M. T. Anderson’s narrative and Kevin Hawkes’s stunning art illuminate the life and legacy of a musical visionary.
Back matter includes a time line, discography, author’s note, sources, and an index.


M. T. Anderson is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult novels including Burger Wuss and Thirsty. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of a number of popular books for children, including Handel, Who Knew What He Liked, Winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Weslandia for which he was Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He graduated from college with a degree in art and has worked at a bookstore and as a freelance illustrator before becoming a children s illustrator and writer. His vibrant colours, unusual perspectives and dry sense of humour are all part of his unique signature style. He lives with his family in Maine, USA. His other notable books include, Library Lion and Me, All Alone at the End of the World.


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