The Boy Who Said Wow (Hardcover)

The Boy Who Said Wow By Todd Boss, Rashin Kheiriyeh (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Boy Who Said Wow (Hardcover)

By Todd Boss, Rashin Kheiriyeh (Illustrator)


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Inspired by the beautiful true story of a nonverbal boy moved to speech at his first Mozart concert, this picture book is a testament to the power of art and the boundless joy it can bring.

When Grandfather comes to take his grandson to a concert, Ronan is quiet as they leave the house, quiet in the car, and quiet at the concert hall. But when the performance is over and the beautiful music fades out at last, Ronan opens his mouth…and lets out a great big WOW!

Not any old WOW, but Ronan’s very first WOW! That one word fills up the hearts of Ronan’s family, the musicians, the audience, and—when the recording goes viral—the world.
Todd Boss is an award-winning producer, writer, and innovator whose lyrics have been performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and around the world. He has published four poetry collections, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The London TimesAmerican Poetry ReviewBest American Poetry, and on National Public RadioThe Boy Who Said Wow is his debut picture book. Visit him at

Rashin Kheiriyeh has a master’s degree in graphic design and a doctorate in illustration and has illustrated more than eighty books in half a dozen languages, including Welcome Home by Aimee Reid and Story Boat by Kyo Maclear, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. She was a 2017 Maurice Sendak fellow and is a lecturer at the University of Maryland. She was born in Khorramshahr, Iran, and now lives in Washington, DC. Visit her at
Product Details ISBN: 9781534499713
ISBN-10: 1534499717
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
"A heartwarming testament to music’s emotional power."
— Kirkus Reviews

"The story is beautifully told with just enough well-chosen words.... An unusual picture book that tells a memorable story."
— Booklist, *STARRED REVIEW*