Drummer Boy

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Philomel Books, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
17 Reviews

In a wintry little town, a toy drummer boy appears mysteriously on a child's doorstep. The child loves the little drummer boy, and the drummer boy loves the child, giving the child the only gift he can. He plays his drum: boom pum pum boom pum.

But when he accidentally falls into the trash, the drummer boy is sent on a scary and snowy journey! Even so, as he is carried and flown and almost buries in snow, the little drummer boy still gives the gift he can to a rat and a snowman and the night time stars: boom pum pum boom pum.

In this enchanting, original story, Loren Long brings stunningly to life a new little drummer boy at whose heart is the true and giving spirit of Christmas.

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Sweet with beautiful illustrations. - Goodreads
It has a great story to it and amazing artwork. - Goodreads
Beautiful artwork as well. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Kristine Pratt - Goodreads

The story of a little drummer boy who goes on one long journey after another, giving his all to play for whomever he meets. Sweet with beautiful illustrations. This book is large enough for reading ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda Lipko - Goodreads

A simple tale filled with child-like delight. When a mysterious package arrives on the little boy's doorstep, inside he discovers a marvelous drummer boy. When by accident, the drummer boy is swept ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.

Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Step By Step Graphics and Print.

Long's clients include Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Boy's Life, Land's End, Sports Illustrated and HBO. He has also illustrated book covers for numerous publishers and has recently concentrated on illustrating books for young readers where his work has garnered much recognition and praise.

Recent awards/accolades:


The United Nations chose to hang in their lobby Long's painting of a firefighter in action, along with 21 other selections from the Prevailing Human Spirit Show at the Society of Illustrators.


Recipient of the Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration, presented by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for I Dream of Trains. The book was also selected as one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2003.


Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award.

Illustrates New York Times #1 best-seller, Mr. Peabody's Apples

To learn more about Loren Long and his books, go to www.lorenlong.com

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