One of your favorite authors is now branching out into picture books. Wild Symphony, a picture book by Dan Brown, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, was announced by Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. The book which is available now is accompanied by Brown’s first official music release.
The full Wild Symphony album was released simultaneously with the book and is available via all major digital platforms. The children’s classical music album is designed to enhance the read-aloud into a multisensory experience for children and adults.
The book features Maestro Mouse and his trusty baton visiting other animals and promises to inspire conversation around topics like compassion, patience, respect, and confidence, as well as mindfulness, taking life slowly, and community. And it wouldn’t be a Dan Brown book without clues and puzzles hidden throughout.
The book can be read as a traditional read-along book or you can listen to the original music as you read, via a free interactive smartphone app, which uses augmented reality to instantly play the appropriate song for each page when the camera of a mobile device is held over it.
A preview of the music and behind-the-scenes footage is available now at the Wild Symphony website. At publication, the accompanying music app will be available for free download via the website and the QR code located in the book.
“I love storytelling, and my novels always attempt to weave together varied themes,” Brown explains. “With Wild Symphony, I was excited to build on this idea and create a truly layered experience by using three different languages simultaneously—art, music, and words. In the same way that an opera captivates its audience by presenting beautiful sets, dramatic music, and lyrical drama, strives to be an immersive feast for eyes, ears, and mind, all at the same time.”
All photos courtesy of Random House Books for Young Readers