Synopses & Reviews
"Hey hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song..."
When Bob finished, Woody's face lit up like the sun.
Bob Dylan is a musical icon, an American legend, and, quite simply, a poet. But before he became Bob Dylan, he was Bob Zimmerman, a kid from rural Minnesota.
This lyrical and gorgeously illustrated picture book biography follows Bob as he renames himself after his favorite poet, Dylan Thomas, and leaves his mining town to pursue his love of music in New York City. There, he meets his folk music hero and future mentor, Woody Guthrie, changing his life forever.
"How do you explain Bob Dylan to a generation raised on Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber? With lyrical, plainspoken writing that echoes folk music itself, Golio (Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow) portrays the young Dylan as a teenager driven by both his music ('He'd fall asleep with the guitar in his lap, and he'd even forget to bathe or brush his teeth') and his sense of alienation ('Teased for being Jewish, for being different, Bob kept his angry feelings locked inside'). Dylan's determination to find a 'bigger, brighter world' and his belief that Guthrie and his music are 'the North Star' gives the narrative momentum that propels the story to its final pages, where an ailing Guthrie gives the young troubadour his blessing. Burckhardt's (Daddy Loves His Little Girl) crackle-texture, generously scaled acrylics mix stirring portraiture with murallike iconography (a Guthrie LP rises like a sun from the rolling Minnesota hills). Although this book is probably best enjoyed in the presence of a grown-up Dylan fan, children should come away understanding that not every performer needs spectacle to make an indelible impression. Ages 8 12. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andquot;The paintingsand#39; rich colors and simplified, often rhythmically repeated forms suit the story well. A lyrical tribute to the childhood of a folk legend.andquot;
andquot;A cadenced narrative and soft watercolors in a naandiuml;ve style take readers through blind folk musician Arthel andldquo;Docandrdquo; Watsonandrsquo;s Appalachian upbringing.andquot;
andquot;Uncluttered watercolor illustrations add to the spare text, which stresses Watsonand#39;s joyful exploration of the sounds of his world...this enchanting introduction to a legendary musician is perfect for most biography collections.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Gourleyand#39;s affectionate biography is a great starting point for young readers, who are most likely unfamiliar with Doc Watson.andquot;
andmdash;Horn Book Magazine
What's better than spending the day with Dad doing something you both love? Like coin collecting! In this follow-up to the bestselling The Button Box
, a young boy discovers the joys of being a numismatist. He finds out about the value of coins, what people used before coins, and why historical images and people appear on coins. Margarette S. Reid and True Kelley present a colorful and exuberant look at one of America's favorite hobbies. Educators and parents will appreciate how Lots and Lots of Coins
introduces math, language arts, and social studies concepts.
As she did with Edna Lewis in Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie
, Robbin Gourley tells a story about the early life of Doc Watson (1923-2012), a blind musician from North Carolina who won 7 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award andand#160;had a deep, enduring influence on how the flattop acoustic guitar is used in folk, roots, and bluegrass music.
Arthel andquot;Docandquot; Watson (1923andndash;2012)and#160;was a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter, high in the pantheon of bluegrass and country music greats. This picture book tells the story of a country boy, born blind, who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar. Minimal text and breathtaking illustrations pay tribute to Docand#39;s early determination, imagination, and musicianship. Includes additional biographical information.and#160;
About the Author
This is Gary Golio's second picture book. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife, author Susanna Reich, a cat, and a fire-bellied toad.
Marc Burckhardt was born in Germany, but grew up as a proud Texan. He graduated from Baylor University and now teaches illustration at Texas State University. He lives in Austin, TX.