Nobody Sounds Like You: Devan Plays the Drums Illustrated Children’s Book is the Perfect Gift for the Future Musician!
GILBERT, AZ – Andy Ziker (author) and Jo Anne Ramirez (illustrator) have
just released Devan Plays the Drums, the first in a series of picture books
called Nobody Sounds Like You. This book of fiction borrows from the
musical upbringings of both Ziker and Ramirez to build a funny, touching,
and inspirational tale for the little drummer in all of us. The illustrations
are cute, bright, and attention-grabbing.
Synopsis: As a young child, Devan’s clumsiness unexpectedly leads to his
discovery of the beautiful sound of percussion. He overcomes real-life
obstacles, including his mother’s dislike of “all of that noise” and an
uncooperative band teacher, to pursue the art of drumming.
Audience: Although the book targets children from age 6-12 years old, the
book is also ideal for:
• Music stores who carry novelty/gift items.
• Parents looking to interest their children in music.
• Elementary school teachers–The book is rich in vocabulary, uses
onomatopoeia, and encourages individuality.
• General music teachers–Optimal for integrated thematic instruction.
• Drum instructors–Billy “Sticks” Nicks, a real-life drum teacher in South
Bend, IN, is an influential character in the book.
Availability: Nobody Sounds Like You: Devan Plays the Drums is currently
available as a paperback for $9.95 and an ebook (Kindle edition) for $2.99
on amazon.com. If you are interested in carrying the book, feel free to
contact Andy Ziker directly at [email protected] or 480-233-9207.
About Andy Ziker
Andy Ziker is a 30-year drumming veteran who has devoted his life to
performing, teaching and enticing others to join the ranks. Andy has given
drum lessons at Linton-Milano Music in Mesa, Arizona for the last 23
Recently, Andy has published articles in Modern Drummer magazine, Drum!
magazine, the websites Drummer Café and OnlineDrummer.com, and the
Destructoid blog. He established a Preschool Drumset Program at the
Barness East Valley Jewish Community Center in Chandler, Arizona. He
has published five instructional drumming books: Drumscapes, Drumcraft,
Drum Aerobics, Daily Drum Warm-Ups, and Drumset for Preschoolers.
Andy currently plays in many music groups, all in the jazz or rock realm.
He also teaches percussion at Self Development Charter School in Mesa,
About Jo Anne Ramirez
Jo has been a creative writer and fine artist for the past 23 years. Her
interest in creative work inspired her to seek an education in design. After
completing a design certification, she continued on for a Bachelor of
Science and Design from Arizona State University.
Jo has been a freelance artist for the past eight years, while working with
elementary school children as a front office administrator at a small charter
school in Mesa, Arizona. During that time she also spent two years
teaching art. Overall, Jo has 20 years’ experience as a drummer and
understands the challenges and rewards of being a musician as well as