Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
The Mozart Question: Michael Morpurgo, February 2, 2016
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
The Mozart Question is a short children’s book by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo.
Reporter Lesley McInley interviews renowned violinist Paulo Levi, with strict instruction not to ask ‘the Mozart question’.
As Levi tells his story to McInley, punctuated with beautiful illustrations by Michael Foreman, the reader is drawn into provincial post-war Venice, and the tale is truly moving.
With uplifting messages shining through the horrendous experiences of the Holocaust, Morpurgo once again holds a mirror up to humanity. Here, he not so much asks why we inflict so much pain on each other, but how we can get each other through it.
Poignant and powerful, Morpurgo packs a punch with an emotional undertone that culminates in a truly tear-jerking finale.