Elvis Is King! Illustrated by Red Nose Studio Random House (Schwartz & Wade)
Junior Library Guild Selection Brightly Most Exciting Picture Books of 2019
TWO STARRED REVIEWS...!
*"Readers will want to pore over this thoroughly engaging volume." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) Read the review
*"A reprise collaboration between Winter and Red Nose Studio is indeed something to celebrate (see Here Comes the Garbage Barge, BCCB 4/10), and both author and illustration team are at peak performance in this sly, rollicking picture book bio of Elvis Presley and his rise from mic-shy blond tyke to teen dreamboat with product-infused raven hair who turned his stage-fright trembling into iconic sex appeal." (BCCB, starred review AND featured review!) Read the review
"The final page of Elvis Is King! has the heading: 'What Is This Crazy Music, Anyway?' Here, Winter tries to put words to Elvis’s appeal, as if he is thinking it through on the page: 'Is it country music? Sort of. … Is it rhythm and blues? Yep ….' Eventually he writes: 'It’s more than the sum of its parts.' The same could be said of this biography — magnetic and charismatic, much like Elvis himself, it all adds up to an electrifying rags-to-riches tale that you won’t soon forget." (Kirkus Reviews, featured article!) Read the review
"Winter offers an honest and fitting tribute to the King, exploring the power of music to heal and to inflame, to lift a talented boy out from poverty to the very peaks of success." (Kirkus reviews, featured article/interview!) Read the interview
"Unique and artistic, this biography will not only entertain readers, but will also leave them with a deeper understanding of Elvis." (School Library Journal)
"Bold, vibrant, and captivating — just like its main character — Elvis Is King! introduces a new generation of young readers to the iconic performer. Illustrated with moody and evocative clay figures, this book captures both Elvis’s amazing life and the heart of rock ‘n’ roll." (Brightly, "Most Exciting Picture Books of 2019") Read the review
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