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The Boy Who Said Wow

A TRUE TALE WITH

A CHERRY ON TOP


Picture book cover of The Boy Who Said Wow

Beach Lane Books

(Simon & Schuster)

(pub.4.2.2024)

40 pages

Ages 3 - 8


Author: Todd Boss

   Illustrator: Rashin Kheiriyeh


Character: Ronan Mattin


Overview:


" When Grandfather comes to take his grandson to a concert, Ronan is quiet as they leave the house, quiet in the car, and quiet at the concert hall. But when the performance is over and the beautiful music fades out at last, Ronan opens his mouth…and lets out a great big WOW!


Not any old WOW, but Ronan’s very first WOW! That one word fills up the hearts of Ronan’s family, the musicians, the audience, and—when the recording goes viral—the world."


Tantalizing taste:


"The darker instruments sound cool and frightening.

ZUMMITY ZUMMITY ZIM


The lighter instruments sound warm and friendly.

ZIMMITY ZIMMITY ZUM

Together they sound like a sky full of stars.


Now the music is done.

Everything is silent. The stars fade away.


Then Ronan's mouth opens and out comes a great, big ...

WOW! "


And something more: "This story really happened. On May 5, 2019, at Boston's Symphony Hall, a nine-year-old boy named Ronan Mattin broke the silence after a performance of Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music by the Handel and Haydn Society with a 'Wow!' that echoed throughout the hall and inspired laughter, cheers, and applause [and] was caught on a radio recording that was heard around the world."



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