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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.
"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. Innerst contributes playful caricatures using thick, blotchy acrylics, while Krull and Brewer speckle the story with anecdotes, including the band's particular fondness for jelly babies (jelly beans were the closest American approximation) and their famously cheeky responses to press questions ('Q: What do you do when you're cooped up in a hotel room? George: We ice-skate'). The authors make it clear that, even as Beatlemania waned, the Beatles were just beginning to define themselves; an illustration riffing on the cover of Abbey Road pictures a more mature John, Paul, Ringo, and George, hinting at their future experimentation and introspection. Readers will certainly want to hear the songs that 'changed music forever' maybe even on vinyl. Ages 6 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
A festive celebration of all things musical!
Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard
--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ages!
Playful text opens up the world of music to the youngest readers, and conversational endnotes offer older readers a springboard to further musical explorations.
Award-winning author Kathleen Krull celebrates our most important Hispanic civil rights leader.
Cesar Chavez is known as one of America's greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn't always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive.
Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that--maybe--he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened.
An author's note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez's life.
A rollicking look at Abraham Lincoln's humorous side
Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didnandrsquo;t like him as president, a homely appearanceandmdash;what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasnandrsquo;t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller and a person who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip.
This unusual biography of Lincoln highlights his life and presidency, focusing on what made his sense of humor so distinctiveandmdash;and so necessary to surviving his tough life and times.
This is the dramatic and inspiring true story of runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.
Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.
Rock and roll around the clock with this fun and fact-filled introduction to the pioneers of rock and roll. Read about fourteen of the original stars of rock and roll from Bill Haley and His Comets to James Brown and his Famous Flames and learn how, nearly fifty years ago, they created a brand-new sound. These artists influenced a generation of teenagers and inspired many of todays most important musicians.
Bright, lively, and hip illustrations combined with concise and informational text make this a sure number-one hit with music buffs of all ages.
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;