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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Elvis Is King by Jonah Winter

Elvis Is King
Written by Jonah Winter; Illustrations by Red Nose Studio
schwartz & wade books. 2019
Grades 2 and up

Winter celebrates the life of Elvis Presley in this entertaining picture book biography. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, January 8, 1935, Elvis was the most famous performing musician in history. (He died August 16, 1977)

The illustrations, done by Red Nose Studio (AKA Chris Sickels) are 3-D and give the whole book a cinematic feel. Winter has presented Presley’s life in short vignettes and combined with the illustrations give readers the feeling of looking through the Presley family photo album. 

Back matter includes a lengthy author’s note.

Instead of popping in a movie to sooth restless children, try sharing this story of the shy boy who became the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Afterwards, listen to some of his music. 

“I ain’t nothing but a hound dog…”

To write this review, I borrowed the book from my local public library.

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