Synopses & Reviews
Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Thisand#160;a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix--a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.
"Valuable lessons underlie newcomer Golio's account of Hendrix's life: important work can be done by young people; artistry develops slowly, through careful work; and surroundings that appear hostile to creativity can just as well nurture it. Golio describes the sonic landscape of Hendrix's youth--'A truck engine backfired, pounding like a bass drum, as a neighbor's rake played snare against the sidewalk'--and builds on Hendrix's discoveries with his guitar until his creations begin to satisfy him: 'Jimmy was finally painting with sound!' He emphasizes the significance of Hendrix's friendships with two boys, Terry and Potato Chip, and the support of his father, who buys him a 'new white Supro Ozark' electric guitar even when money is tight. Steptoe (Amiri and Odette) builds distinctive three-dimensional artwork by painting plywood portraits of Jimmy and his friends and stacking them on painted backgrounds. Vintage images like vinyl records and old packaging vie for attention; there's constant movement. The story ends at the height of Hendrix's success; an afterword gives a more detailed biographical sketch, and author/illustrator notes explain their connections to his story. Ages 6 9. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustrator "This book is likely to fascinate older children and reluctant readers who might be familiar with Hendrixand#8217;s music, and could easily be tied into art and music curricula."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"The authorand#8212;an artist and clinical social workerand#8212;lucidly demonstrates that a path to creative excellence is not only possible for young people but self-actualizing."and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"Valuable lessons underlie newcomer Golio's account of Hendrix's life: important work can be done by young people; artistry develops slowly, through careful work; and surroundings that appear hostile to creativity can just as well nurture it."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"Kids new to the Beatles might wonder what's the ado, but put on an LP, and they'll probably start bouncing to the beat."
"Youngsters wondering why the band is still beloved by their parents and grandparents will understand after reading the many humorous anecdotes."
"The trio behind Lincoln Tells a Joke crafts a witty chronicle of the Beatles's rise to fame, with special attention to their humor and nonchalance. . . . Readers will certainly want to hear the songs that 'changed music forever'and#8212;maybe even on vinyl."
"A fun and nostalgic look at the 1960s."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Grandparents and near-retirement educators will join kids in giggling over Krull's playful jibes at the starstruck fans and may have a few stories of their own about the Fab Four."
Who knew the Beatles were funny? The acclaimed authors and illustrator of Lincoln Tells a Joke team up in this rollicking account of how the Fab Four's sense of humor and musical talentand#160;sparked Beatlemania.
Q: How do you find all this business of having screaming girls following you all over the place?
George: Well, we feel flattered . . .
John: . . . and flattened. When the Beatles burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s, they were just four unknown lads from Liverpool. But soon their off-the-charts talent and offbeat humor made them the most famous band on both sides of the Atlantic. Lively, informative text and expressive, quirky paintings chronicle the phenomenal rise of Beatlemania, showing how the Fab Fourand#8217;s sense of humor helped the lads weather everything that was thrown their wayand#8212;including jelly beans.
About the Author
KATHLEEN KRULL and PAUL BREWER
are a husband-and-wife writing team. Kathleen is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers; Paul is also an illustrator. They live in San Diego, California. www.kathleenkrull.com
and#160; STACY INNERST is an acclaimed, award-winning editorial artist and the illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer'sand#160;Lincoln Tells a Joke and Tony Johnston's Levi Straus Gets a Bright Idea.and#160;He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. www.stacyinnerst.com and#160;