Book Review: Handel, Who Knew What He Liked

 Author: M.T. Anderson.

Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes

Genre: Picture Book Biography

Age Level: Grades 3-6+ (younger for reading aloud; older for pure enjoyment)


            Do you know what you like? Do you go after it no matter who or what gets in the way?

            When his father said he couldn’t study music, George Frideric Handel smuggled his instrument into the attic. When his father said he couldn’t go on a family trip, Handel ran down the road after him. This determination enabled him to succeed and become one of the world’s most beloved composers. If you’ve ever sung the Christmas carol “Joy to the World,” then you’ve heard some of Handel’s music. You’ve probably heard his famous “Hallelujah Chorus” too.

            This is a great book (even if you don’t care for classical music.)  It’s funny and serious. There’s even a duel! Laugh at Handel’s antics and cheer his perseverance. Be inspired. Like Handel, you can be what you want to be.

 Anderson, M.T. Handel, Who Knew What He Liked.Cambridge,MA: Candlewick Press, 2001.