The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

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An Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winner
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

A picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.

Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told. When Grandma Della said the blues wouldn't put food on the table, Muddy didn't listen. And when record producers told him no one wanted to listen to a country boy playing country blues, Muddy ignored them as well. This tenacious streak carried Muddy from the hardscrabble fields of Mississippi to the smoky juke joints of Chicago and finally to a recording studio where a landmark record was made.

Soon the world fell in love with the tough spirit of Muddy Waters. In blues-infused prose and soulful illustrations, Michael Mahin and award-winning artist Evan Turk tell Muddy's fascinating and inspiring story of struggle, determination, and hope.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481443494
Branch Call Number: J782.42164 M883M 2017
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Turk, Evan


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Vivid writing and striking art paint a vibrant portrait of the legendary American blues musician. A New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

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Rebecca_Kohn Jan 31, 2018

Rich and energetic illustrations are the backdrop for the singular story of blues musician Muddy Waters. The pages about Muddy's move to Chicago are collaged with newspaper headlines, adding a subtle but powerful message about the African American experience during the Great Migration. A great book for programs about music and American history.

ChiPubLib_Douglass Jan 03, 2018

I felt moved by the intense and BOLD artwork…the pages seemed to move with the story.

DPLjosie Nov 03, 2017

Wow! Beautiful and powerful. The art echos the feel of Waters' music as compared to the jazz he first found in Chicago.

CMLibrary_rkimray Oct 03, 2017

A gorgeously illustrated picture book biography with nice oversized pages for sharing in a schoolage program. Share it to increase music appreciation or any time you want kids to be inspired by individuals who are passionate about their art. Be sure to play some of the Chicago blues selections listed in the back under "Further Listening".


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CMLibrary_rkimray Oct 03, 2017

CMLibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 12


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CMLibrary_rkimray Oct 03, 2017

So he found himself a half-smashed kerosene can to beat on. And a wheezy accordion to squeeze. And a tired piece of wire to pluck. And made himself enough noise to feel good. Not even Grandma Della could keep from dancing.


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