Fireworks in the Night

Randy the Raccoon and his Musical Friends

Children - Grade K-3rd
42 Pages
Reviewed on 03/11/2016
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Author Biography

Sherry, a native Delawarean, is the author of the Randy the Raccoon and His Musical Friends picture book series. The characters in her books were inspired by the animals on the horse farm where she lives. She has a passion for music education and runs a busy music studio, where she teaches piano. Sherry also wrote the Kidz Jump Jam n’ Jive Preschool music curriculum that is taught in local preschools. Sherry has been married for 35 years to the most wonderful man and has two married daughters and 3 grand kids. Her wheels never stop turning.

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Reviewed by Rachel McGrath for Readers' Favorite

Fireworks in the Night by Sherry Miller is a wonderfully illustrated and engaging flight of fantasy that will most certainly appeal to younger children and their parents alike. This is aimed at primary school readers, as the story develops nicely to help young children connect with the various animal characters that are introduced. The book is easy to read with an enjoyable fantasy story to follow which will unleash the imagination of younger children.

Randy the Raccoon is a fun, mischievous character that will certainly make for a good children's series as we look forward to more adventures. The other animal characters are also very likeable. Even more so, the illustrations used throughout the story were wonderfully created and just beautiful. The author has brought this enjoyable tale to life with all of the colours, characterisation and detail used throughout. This will certainly help parents engage their children with the story as a bedtime read and make early reading fun.

Sherry Miller has also added some fun facts about the musician (Handel) that are brought into the events, making the story a nice mix of entertainment and education. A great way to ignite the curiosity of young minds and make learning interesting and exciting. Fireworks in the Night is a great first book in this fun series and I'm sure readers will look forward to more adventures following this engaging read.

Dr. Shirley R. Moux

The picture book, Fireworks in the Night by Sherrie Miller is a must for any elementary teacher! It’s a delightful story about an adventurous raccoon named Randy; an entertaining storyteller and an avid musician. What a raccoon! His ancestor Randy the Bandit has given him quite a legacy of mischiefs. Randy’s farm friends are in awe of his adventures and can’t wait to be part of such audacious experiences. Little did they know, the magical woods would time travel them to the 1700’s where they would have a taste of Randy’s forefather’s journeys. The wind band Music for the Royal Fireworks is swiftly introduced awakening young minds curiosity about George Frederic Handel. This great picture book leaves the reader with entertaining facts of this famous and outstanding musician. What an extraordinary way to portray the love for music and engage students with famous composers! If that is not enough, this remarkable author gives you a taste of outstanding music in the audio version at kidzjumpjamnjive.com. What a treat! One of the best audio book recordings I have experienced in my 28 years of teaching. I had the rhythm and tune of the animals beat in my head for several days after! The narration is full of life and contagious fun. The artist John Tatulli complements the story plot with colorful and detailed illustrations. They are outstanding! I loved this book so much, I raved about it to several teachers. I just couldn’t wait to share what an extraordinary book I had found for my teaching. I also recommended the school to invite the author. For the record, I am not a music teacher! However, this book can also be used to cover story elements, character traits, animal feature analysis, compare and contrast and cause and effect. I can’t wait to create my literacy units and lesson plans and share it with my students! Thank you Sherrie!