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Harry Musselwhite, Author
Brian Barr, Illustrator
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Harry Musselwhite is a writer who lives in Los Lunas, New Mexico, where he is a writer, actor, and musician. He has sung opera and concert music all over the world, and he has played his collection of guitars with many wonderful musicians. He loves attending music events with his family, and then coming home to his dogs Roshi and Punkin’.
Brian Barr has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Florida. He has many years experience developing and displaying exhibits for University galleries. Mr. Barr’s own works have been displayed at numerous art shows in N.Y., Florida, and Illinois. He has also worked as a Prop Designer at Walt Disney World.
WHAT FOLKS SAY!
Reviews and Blurbs for The “Martin the Guitar” series
From Idgie, The South’s leading book blogger:
“For a slim children’s book the story is nice and hearty. By this I mean that the pages are filled with words, not just a short paragraph and an illustration. It could easily fill two bedtime reading episodes.”
“The book tells the story of the Martin the Guitar, always left behind, not picked for group songs and somewhat bullied by the bigger, more popular instruments.
It’s a story about believing in yourself and I don’t think you can start those lessons too early.”
From Legendary Blues Harp Player, Charlie Musselwhite:
“I recommend “Martin the Guitar in the Big City’ to children and grown-up kids, like myself, too!!!” “I ain’t lyin’!”
From Dick Boak, Director, C.F. Martin and Co. Archives:
“The children’s book sequel “Martin the Guitar-On The Road” is once again beautifully illustrated by Brian Barr and playfully written by Harry Musselwhite who has personified typically inanimate musical instruments and provided them with suitable personalities and adventures to boot. Young and old will enjoy these escapades!”
From Dan Crary, American Guitar Legend:
“Martin the Guitar is at it again! Martin’s newest adventure follows him as he accidently breaks one of his strings, and then freaks out just before playing a big concert in New York City. On top of that, Martin really likes a guitar named Morgan and doesn’t want to disappoint her and her grouchy Dad, Archie the Archtop. The story moves fast and stays scary to the very end…so if you are a guitar, or a guitar player, or maybe you just like guitar music, you’ll have fun on this latest adventure of Martin the Guitar.”
From Kathryn Nobles, renowned Kindermusik educator:
“Martin, Big D, and Loar return in this delightful sequel to “Martin the Guitar.” You will love reading about Martin and friends as they take the stage at a music festival in “Martin the Guitar – On the Road.” Like any great story this one has a twist that will have you on the edge of your seat. You are certain to resonate with one of the fun personalities among the characters and cheer for them as the plot unfolds. “
Martin the Guitar and Author Harry Musselwhite were nominated for The 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in The Children's Book Category!
"Archie the Archtop" was nominated for Best Children's Song in the 2019 New Mexico Music Awards!