CHILDREN'S STORY: The Boy Who Said Wow


A nonverbal autistic boy named Ronan made music history in 2019 by exclaiming "Wow" after a performance of Mozart by The Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and the impassioned utterance was caught on a radio recording that went viral, with stories on CBS, NPR, and dozens of outlets reaching 70 million and counting.


Todd has crafted it into a children's story.


An alternately loud and quiet portrait exploring the power of music to reach the private mind, The Boy Who Said Wow was adapted to video for Classical Kids Storytime by Minnesota Public Radio in 2020, with illustrations by Nancy Carlson.


It quickly became the most popular CKS video ever, with 100,000 views in its first week alone.


The manuscript is currently being represented by children's book agent Rubin Pfeffer.


This is absolutely, utterly incredible.

I'm blown away by hearing this beautiful portrayal

of our boy brought to life in sound and illustration.

Truly such an AMAZING gift!

—Rachel, Ronan's mother


Click here to watch and listen to The Boy Who Said Wow.



Ronan's "Wow" has already been heard by millions of adults around the world. I want kids to hear it too. I loved the process of interviewing Ronan's family and members of the orchestra to develop this project, and I'm grateful to them for sharing the story with me. There's still a nonverbal little boy in me that's forever grateful to Ronan, too, for expressing the inexpressible.


Todd is grateful to the following for support of his work: Forecast Public Art, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of/and The Minnesota State Arts Board, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Warhol Foundation, as well as individual commissions and supporters on Patreon

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