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John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennonby Rappaport
Synopses & Reviews
In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouacandrsquo;s On the Road, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country revealsandmdash;from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, Hit the Road, Jack is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.
Praise for Hit the Road, Jack
andquot;Itandrsquo;s not a biography or an introduction to Kerouacandrsquo;s work; instead, itandrsquo;s a tribute to his spirit and his era.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;MacDonaldandrsquo;s golden-hued watercolors and pencil crayons present 1940s America as something of a paradise, with the neon diner signs and jazz clubs just as beautiful as the rolling hills and majestic mountains...andquot;
andquot;Joining the ranks of such age- and genre-defying picture books.. is this homage to Jack Kerouac.andquot;
andmdash;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
andquot;The book pays homage to Kerouac while encouraging a love of the country, writing and wanderlust through Jack.andquot;
andquot;The illustrations look like something out of a 1950s picture book, and everything andmdash; the poetry and the drawings andmdash; convey a sense of exuberance and excitement.andrdquo;
andmdash;Wired's Geek Dad
andldquo;Burleighandrsquo;s writing has a wonderful rhythm and the book reads aloud beautifully.andrdquo;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
Frankie Liked to Sing celebrates the life of Frank Sinatra, whose iconic voice changed popular music forever and influenced generations of listeners all over the world. From his early days in Hoboken, New Jersey, to making it big in New York City, Sinatra was determined to follow his dream of being a singer and moving people with his voice. And now, one hundred years after his birth, his legacy lives on with this spirited and loving tribute.
John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. He was a rebel, a genius, an innovator, and a peace activist. From a young age he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning in life. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll. As a follow-up to their award-winning title, Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today.
About the Author
John Seven and Jana Christy are a husband-and-wife, author-and-illustrator team. They are also the creators of A Year with Friends. They live in North Adams, Massachusetts, with their children. andldquo;Thatandrsquo;s Lifeandrdquo; is their favorite Frank Sinatra song.
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