Overview Playing his drums on a young child's doorstep, a little drummer boy is accidentally knocked into the trash and taken away on a wild adventure--delighting all he meets with his wonderful music and playing for the best audience of all when he ends up at a manger one miraculous winter's eve. 75,000 first printing.
Publishers Description In a wintry little town, a drummer boy appears on a child's doorstep. And when it is still and quiet, the drummer boy plays, "boom pum pum boom pum, " and warms the child's heart. But one day the drummer boy is accidentally knocked into the trash, sending him on a journey he never imagined?a journey on which he continues to play his drum, warming the hearts of others, from a rat to an owl to a snowman. And in a touching conclusion, his own heart is warmed as he plays to his most perfect audience: the baby in a manger.
Loren Long brings this story of an unforgettable little drummer boy to vivid life with his timeless and magical art.
Citations And Professional Reviews Drummer Boy by Loren Long has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2009
School Library Journal - 10/01/2008 page 96
Booklist - 11/01/2008 page 46
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2008 page 1161
Horn Book Magazine - 11/01/2008 page 650
Kirkus Reviews - 11/01/2008
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 11.6" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2008
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 039925174X ISBN13 9780399251740
Availability 0 units.
More About Loren Long
Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.
Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Step By Step Graphics and Print.
Long's clients include Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Boy's Life, Land's End, Sports Illustrated and HBO. He has also illustrated book covers for numerous publishers and has recently concentrated on illustrating books for young readers where his work has garnered much recognition and praise.
The United Nations chose to hang in their lobby Long's painting of a firefighter in action, along with 21 other selections from the Prevailing Human Spirit Show at the Society of Illustrators.
Recipient of the Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration, presented by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for I Dream of Trains. The book was also selected as one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2003.
Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Illustrates New York Times #1 best-seller, Mr. Peabody's Apples
To learn more about Loren Long and his books, go to www.lorenlong.com
Reviews - What do customers think about Drummer Boy?
Rich illustrations and an interesting take on a Christmas classic Dec 28, 2009
Loren Long packs his story with adventure, thrill, and charm; all in a fairly small package. My three-year-old son enjoys the book and drums on his legs when the "boom, pum, pum" repeats. My 20 month old son has a hard time sitting for any book with paragraphs... what can you do? I think this is a very good book for kids 2 years and up.
Drummer Boy May 31, 2009
I was first drawn to Loren Long's work at a shopping mall. His book "Toy Boat" was faced outward toward the window. The artwork was so moving that I had to go in and give it a look. When I perused through the pages of the beautiful book, I realized that this was the wonderful creator of the artwork for "Mr. Peabody's Apples."
Drummer Boy is another addition to Mr. Long's list of vibrant and wonderful compilation of illustrations that make a book, only this time he was enabled to draft his own text. The adventures of the drummer boy are exciting and the fluid prose makes it an enjoying read.
Loren Long has become the top illustrator on my list. His plays with shadow and light and softened main characters draw me in to each page. And my children also share a love for his work. His books are pulled from the shelf time and again to be read and for the pleasure of gazing upon each and every image.
Should be in everyone's Christmas collection Dec 5, 2008
Loren Long is fast becoming one of my favorite illustrators and now demonstrates that he can storytell beautifully as well. This is a story that can be understood on many levels - as a simple story about the travels of a Christmas toy, or on a deeper level as an analogy of the love Christ brings to all of us during this time of year. The drummer boy is illustrated in Long's humbly charming fashion familiar in many of his characters (such as the clown in "The Little Engine That Could" and the boy in "Toy Boat"). My children, ages 5 and 3, ask for the book every night. I'm sure we'll be reading it long after Christmas is over.
Great for OLDER kids Nov 30, 2008
This is a lovely book, illustration-wise. I bought it for my 4.5 year old and 3.5 year old. They love the pictures, but the story seems to be a bit sophisticated, and scary, for them. They were a little scared of the rat, and distressed that the drummer boy is so lonely. The piercing with a thorn and graveyard scene were difficult to explain to young children, and my kids are at the age where they want to know and understand EVERY detail! So, while I love the art, I think the story is more appropriate for older children (over 6 maybe) who will not be as scared by some of the characters and can get the complexities of the story a bit better.
Beautiful Nov 11, 2008
Loren Long's Drummer Boy is MAGICAL! I ordered a copy for my mother who saw in the newspaper an illustration from the book back in the summer, and for my 2 1/2 yr. old daughter. They both LOVE it! Being an artist myself, I had seen some of Loren's illustrations but had no idea how beautifully they could illustrate the Christmas spirit. I would recommend the book for children and adults who love art and heart warming Christmas stories.