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Lead: 45 Excite: 195 Amaze: 38 Direct: 34
The Man with the Violin (5:12)
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Author: Kathy Stinson @TheKathyStinson

Illustrator: Dušan Petričić


Publisher: Annick Press

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ISBN: 978-1554515653
Trailer produced by: BookShorts Production
Date Published: August 8, 2013
Elements: Directive, Narrator, Video

This is an unusual trailer. At 5:12, I originally passed it by as rarely does a trailer of this length hold my attention. This one does. The author and illustrator explain the original Washington Post experiment that was the motivation of the book then describe with pride the approaches they chose and why. The creator’s passion as well as their technique make this a compelling trailer.

LEAD Analysis

Lead Introduce incident where Joshua Bell took his violin into the Washington, DC subway to play. LEAD Timing Stopwatch.png
Excite [interest] Explain plot line and inspiration of the book.
Amaze [hook] Call by author to "notice things" more with our kids.
Direct [directive] Cover, website and credits

Trailer Arc

Setup.jpg Ordinary.jpg Character.jpg Motivation.jpg Directive.jpg

Trailer begins with setting of incident that inspired the book then moves to the “ordinary world” of the normal actions of the people walking by. The author introduces the protagonist and the techniques used to illustrate the emotions and sounds ending with the main character’s motivation.

Publisher Intro

Who is playing that beautiful music in the subway? And why is nobody listening?

This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man with the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn’t. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.