|Elvis is King!|
Author: Winter, Jonah
Follows the life of Elvis Presley--the King of Rock 'n' Roll--from his birth on the wrong side of the railroad tracks in the Deep South, to playing his first guitar in grade school, to being so nervous during a performance as a teenager that he starts shaking . . . and changes the world!
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 501984
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 77029
School Library Journal (12/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/12/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/15/2018 If the artwork in this seems a little in-your-face, it may be wise to remember that we’re talking about “the King” here—a figure known for large gestures, not for subtlety. Red Nose Studio, known for dramatic 3-D illustrations constructed from polymer clay figures and hand-built sets, teams up with award-winning author Winter to bring readers a portrait of Elvis, from his hard-scrabble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his transformation into one of the first rock stars. The narrative is at times scattered, but the writing shines when Winter vividly describes Elvis’ idiosyncratic, hip-shaking delivery, as if imbued with Elvis’ own frenetic charisma. Winter also does well to acknowledge Elvis’ cross-cultural musical lineage and his roots in southern gospel music. Dusty rural backdrops, skeletal trees, and battered fabric set the scene for Elvis’ youth; no less derelict is the southern cityscape where he gets his big break. At once fantastical and overwhelmingly lonely: such is the story of Elvis. Overall, a vivid and imaginative take on an often-told rock ’n’ roll legend. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2018 Gr 3–5—Readers might know Elvis as the King of Rock and Roll, but will they know his dad spent 14 months in jail? Using short, titled stanzas, the author tells of Elvis's road to stardom, gracefully weaving together the highs and lows of a poor country boy rocketing to fame and riches. The illustrations were created using painted clay and repurposed objects and are almost more fascinating than the narrative. Each clay figurine expresses so much emotion—and no detail is left untouched. The cover gives some explanations regarding the art behind the illustrations and a video link will explain more for amazed and curious readers. An author's note that briefly discusses some cultural aspects of music at Elvis's time is included. This book has much to offer on many levels, from sparking curiosity through the original artwork to opening discussions about culture and music to providing a biographical view of an iconic musician. VERDICT Unique and artistic, this biography will not only entertain readers, but will also leave them with a deeper understanding of Elvis.—Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.