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.
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by Andrea Davis Pinkney
by Michael Bond
by Michael Robotham
by Michael Buckley
by Michael Martin
"Narrator Damany Jackson's voice pulses with energy and warmth as he channels the thrumming exuberance that fuels this picture-book biography of musician Muddy Waters. Jackson's exclamations and exhortations layer sound and movement onto Mahin's electric cadence, dovetailing seamlessly with illustrator Evan Turk's explosive mixed-media artwork. Music runs throughout the story, precisely fading in and out in order to illustrate different periods in Muddy's life and musical education. The introduction of a glass slide is accompanied by a smashing bottle, a discordance that is softened as that bottle begins to sing on the neck of the guitar. Fish fry, wring-out-your-worries blues music springs up, bubbling with joy and sadness and life. This production is more than a recording--it's a pitch-perfect multisensory listening experience, guaranteed to resonate with listeners of all ages. S.A.H. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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