Any book that has an endorsement from Brian May of Queen is certainly a book to consider reading, even if that book is about an axe shredding varmint named Maestro Armadillo. A Journey To Guitarland With Maestro Armadillo is not your typical children’s book. Author Thomas Amoriello, Jr. or “Mr. A” as he is known to his students has introduced the guitar to over 5000 students during his many years as an instructor, so writing the book was a logical progression of his mission. While it may be short on dragons, castles and damsels in distress, there is certainly no shortage of guitars, terminology and pictures! (Illustrated by James L. Kelewae, a street artist, whose murals can be seen in Philadelphia, Chicago, D.C. and Yonkers.)
In this book, children are taken on an adventure to Guitarland where they are introduced to the six-stringed instrument in all its glory. In a fun and informative manner, accompanied by Kelewae’s vibrant illustrations, they will learn about the versatility of the instrument, different types of guitars, the different parts of the guitar, what they’re made of, how they work and even the names of some of the more famous guitars in Guitarland, such as Lucille and Trigger. OK, so maybe it’s not stimulating enough for your Pokemon chasing crumcruncher, but any young child with a thirst for music will appreciate this book. And best of all, Amoriello is no stranger to metal, his list of recommended guitarists include Edward Van Halen, Ace Frehley, Pete Townsend, Brian May and Yngwie Malmsteen to name a few. So if you have a young one (3-7) with an interest in learning the guitar, then A Journey To Guitarland With Maestro Armadillo is a fun and engaging way of introducing them.