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When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0763681741
LANGUAGE:English

" Loved the format of this friendship story! I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel and thought I knew a bit about their history. Well, I learned a lot from this new book. Beautifully illustrated with song titles as "chapter titles." " said.

" A delightful tribute and interesting tale in its own right. A great way to bring Simon and Garfunkel to the next next generation!(I was proud of my son as he said, "I love Sound of Silence," and proceeded to sing it quietly under his breath as I read it!) " said.

" WOW! I grew up hearing Simon and Garfunkel (before my time, really, but my mom was a huge fan), but I knew nothing of their history. This was a beautiful book that, if I'm being completely honest, made me dust of my Simon and Garfunkel CDs and settle in for an evening of beautiful music. Oh, yes. And I recommended it to my mom. :) " said.

" This is a gorgeous biography/historical account of Simon and Garfunkel from their early years as school friends to their eventual success story. A wonderful depiction of their young lives and the bumps in the road. These two were not an “overnight sensation” - they worked and worked their craft and several times parted ways. A must for all music lovers and music teachers. " said.

" Well, I really liked this book! Bea likes Simon and Garfunkel but I don't know many kids that do -- but this is just one of those yummy picture books that are really for us adults. After I read it I spent an hour making a playlist of all the songs that were mentioned in the book - ones that had inspired them or by them. Fun. " said.

" Wonderfully written book coupled with perfect illustrations to depict this friendship and musical journey of this duo. Any Simon and Garfunkel fan would absolutely delight in it. However, its appeal to kids may be relatively low. Very heavy with text, it isn’t your typical picture book. I loved it, but I am not sure it would ever be checked out in my library. I question whether my students would have the stamina to read this, especially about people they know nothing about. " said.

" I had been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it as a work in progress at a book signing by the author several years ago. As a rabid fan of Paul Simon, a picture book about his early career is quite a treat and G. Neri knocked it out of the park. I can’t wait to recommend this picture book to my older elementary school students, it is also perfect for teen and adult readers. " said.

"Listen, I love all the elements of this book--I love G. Neri's poetry, I love David Litchfield's illustration style, and I loooove Simon & Garfunkel. But I have a hard time imagining the kid to whom I would hand this book. As an introduction it's okay, and the focus on the musicians as young people is typical of many picture book bios, but the fact that it stops just as they became famous makes it less useful as a biography/teaching tool.

It's a beautiful package, but I suspect it will be best appreciated by adults.
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