Synopses & Reviews
FOR HIS EIGHTH birthday, Mark Alan Stamatys parents gave him his very own radio. Little did his mother realize that that innocent-looking plastic box would one day be the gateway for a new kind of sound that would “rock” her nearly out of her mind. . . .
Mark first heard the howling thunder of Elvis Presley singing “Hound Dog” on the radio one lazy day and his life was forever changed. Soon he was styling his hair like the King and practicing his dance moves with a tennis racket as his pretend guitar in front o f the mirror. But his mother lived in constant fear that her sons new love of rock n roll would turn him into a juvenile delinquent. Could Marks performance at his Cub Scout talent show change her mind?
"In this comic book style trip down memory lane, circa 1955 1957, Stamaty (Who Needs Donuts?) recalls his conversion to rock 'n' roll. For a while, 'my favorite songs were often gentle melodies that put a sweet smile on Mom's face,' he recalls. As times change, a panel presents a pantheon of rock and blues musicians from Bill Haley to Bo Diddley. Stamaty pictures integration without naming it, and a delirious spread, crowded with the oversize lyrics to 'Hound Dog' ('Youainnuthinbuttahounddogcrockinallatime'), pictures him physically bowled over by Elvis Presley. His distraught mother reluctantly allows him to buy the 45-rpm single for 'Love Me Tender,' never reckoning on the raucous B-side. When Stamaty gives his classmates pompadours and performs as Elvis for a talent show, today's High School Musical fans may see common ground. Stamaty doesn't say what he sang or explain his title reference, but an amazing afterword (with photos) verifies his childhood hairstyle and impersonation, plus a 1990s reprise for President Clinton. The energetic color comics present Stamaty's nostalgic memories in an engaging, albeit quaint way: grandparents can share this with the MP3 generation. Ages 5 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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."
For his 8th birthday, Mark's parents give him his very own radio. Little doeshis mother realize that that innocent-looking plastic box will one day be thegateway for a new kind of sound that would "rock" her nearly out of her mind.Can he change her mind? Illustrations.
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;