FICTION

Elvis is King!

Elvis is King! illus. by Red Nose Studio. 40p. photos. Random/Schwartz & Wade. Jan. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399554704.
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e = 'font-weight:bold'>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.

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