Praise for Sounds Magic

This book is a blueprint that sets the direction for the joy and yearning for learning. This amazing book immediately captures the essence of the magic of music, sound and rhythm so that any child will want and need to know more!

As a long-term educator and scholar of human understanding, I have seen that this book delivers more than words and pictures but a journey of discovery.  It leads to understanding and enchanting children into the joy of what makes us all seek music as our accompaniment to our lives and seek out delight and wonder in music to enchant the listener and the learner.

Josie Thomas has homed in on the focus of finding excitement and captivation for early learners of music and as she is one of the great teachers of children, it is worth noting that this book highlights why this is really worth reading for your child.

Dr Pamela D Schulz OAM

Senior Adjunct Research Fellow, University of South Australia.
School of Creative Industries and Communication, Adelaide 


SOUNDS MAGIC is the perfect title for this debut picture book from Josie Thomas. Josie has combined her musical knowledge and years of experience as a music teacher to create a book that is unique, both as a teaching tool and fun read.

As parents share this lyrical, rhyming text with their children, the magic of music will captivate young minds. Kids and music go together, and Riley Van Oosten’s full colour illustrations perfectly complement Josie’s playful, imaginative text.

SOUNDS MAGIC  is a highly creative approach to encourage children to discover that music can be their very best friend.

Leigh Hay

Writer, Poet and Editor


This is a delightful story which reaches children on so many levels, allowing them to live fully into their imaginations and encouraging them to create in a variety of different ways while also teaching practical skills of music making and life skills of listening, sharing and working collaboratively.

Jocelyn Kotchie

Composer, Music Educator and
President of the WA Music Teachers Association


SOUNDS MAGIC is a fabulous debut picture book by Josie Thomas.

Josie’s music and teaching background has allowed her to combine the wonderful world of words and music. This interactive book allows children to explore reading and music in an entertaining and stimulating way. It is not only a great book for parents to share with their children, it is also a very useful classroom tool with teaching notes and specially composed songs for one and all.”

Riley van Oosten’s illustrations complement the narrative beautifully!

Maria Wolfe

Librarian