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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1481443496
LANGUAGE:English

"I was fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of this book, by Michael Mahin, which I have since purchased so I can hold in my hands the final copy, which I predict will win its share of awards.

This amazing picture book about blues legend Muddy Waters oozed into my pores, tickled my rhythm bones, and left me wide eyed and open eared. The lyricism of the pulsing text is matched by rollicking illustrations, which set me to toe-tapping. Other illustrations evoke strong emotions with a few simple lines depicting facial expressions and body language. I love the way the branches of the cotton stems and bolls mimic the arms of the workers reaching out to pick the cotton. This book is the perfect melding of words and art and I can’t imagine one without the other.

Muddy’s life story, one of hardship, discouragement, and eventually, success, will encourage young readers to believe in themselves and stand their ground until, like Muddy, their voices are heard.

Although I knew of the musician, I knew little about the man. Muddy, The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, sent me scrambling to know more about the entertainer. And while doing so, I learned about his colleagues as well. And isn’t that exactly what a picture book should do?

This is Mahin’s debut picture book. Readers can look forward eagerly to his future offerings.

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" I want to understand books like this and Radiant Child, but I just don't understand the artwork. I've never had stuff like this explained to me. It's so abstract, which might be the biggest problem for me. I just want all my art to be concrete and make sense instantly. " said.

" An absolutely stunning picture book biography of musician Muddy Waters. Phenomenal art, lyrical text, and a raw honesty about racism and class. This will be winning awards. " said.

"I feel like a lot of the biographical details in this book are either oversimplified or speculative, but the exuberant and glorious illustrations more than make up for it. I also love the juxtaposition of song lyrics throughout, and the repetitive refrain that "he was never good at doing how he was told". It's a strong and vibrant and celebratory book, as it should be, and the sheer number of different artistic techniques are astonishing -- from paste paper painting, to collage, to chalk marking. It all comes together to create a loud and harmonious whole. I sincerely hope it makes the Caldecott list. It's a strong contender. " said.

"The vibrant artwork and lyrical text blend in a perfect duet to form a rhythmic and soulful composition to tell the story of a blues musician's inspiring journey.

The phrase, "was never good at doing what he was told" reads like a musical refrain throughout the book, providing fun, playful repetition. What child can't identify with those words?

The author captures Muddy's spirit and perseverance with words that flow like a well-scored musical arrangement, while the illustrator's exuberant display of color and mixed media is a sensory feast.

A star among children's nonfiction picture books, this one is platinum.
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" I had the pleasure of accessing an Advanced Reader Copy. This book fires on all cylinders. The writing is lyrical and emotional. The artwork is stunning. I was not surprised to learn that it was nominated for the "Mock Caldecott" award. A great non-fiction story about the blues, perseverance and overcoming adversity. " said.

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