The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017
Parents' Choice Recommended

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.
ISBN: 9781481443494
Branch Call Number: J BIO MUDDY W MAHIN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Turk, Evan - Illustrator


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ChiPubLib_Douglass Jan 03, 2018

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

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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