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Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Hardcover – October 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618852794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618852796
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 10.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8–Before he was famous, little Jimmy Hendrix tuned into a world colored with the sounds of the city outside the Seattle boarding house where he lived with his father. As a boy he strove to reproduce those sounds on his one-string ukulele, and eventually on a secondhand guitar. Golio's lyrical text sings with delicious description, and Steptoe's wildly colored mixed-media illustrations show the hues of the boy's imagination, with Hendrix always standing out from his surroundings. The story itself focuses on the musician's rise to fame, with a supplementary note and a bibliography providing more detailed background information. His tragic death is dealt with in a separate author's note, accompanied by a list of resources about substance abuse. A fascinating "Illustrator's Note" illuminates the process behind the intriguing artwork and underscores the book's theme of exploring the creative process. This book is likely to fascinate older children and reluctant readers who might be familiar with Hendrix's music, and could easily be tied into art and music curricula.Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Although Jimi Hendrix’s music typically sits in the wheelhouse of teenagers discovering their countercultural streak, this picture book deigns to introduce the revolutionary musician to younger readers. By no means a straight bio, it describes his formative early life with lines like “A truck engine backfired, pounding like a bass drum, as a neighbor’s rake played snare against the sidewalk. . . . The sounds of life were calling out, and Jimmy Hendrix wanted to answer them.” It is, however, a convincing portrait of a boy who was electrified by music and heard the world very differently from anyone else; his single-minded drive to “paint with sound” in his own fashion will inspire young artists of all stripes. Steptoe’s chaotic, textured artwork screeches in feedback wails on the page, filled with impressions in lieu of representations. Hendrix’s struggle with drugs is addressed in an afterword, but as pure virtuoso, guitar heroes don’t get any bigger, and readers with hands itching for frets will be entranced. Grades 3-5. --Ian Chipman

More About the Author

Like Jimi Hendrix (who was probably from Neptune), Gary Golio came to Earth many years ago disguised as a baby human. Born with more hair than he has now, Gary had unusual powers (like the ability to capture spiders with his bare hands), and began searching for his mission in life at an early age. As a boy, he spent a lot of time imitating his favorite comic book superheroes (Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Dr. Strange) before realizing that he was meant to be an artist. He's the author of the New York Times bestseller "JIMI: Sounds Like A Rainbow" (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), "When Bob Met Woody - The Story of the Young Bob Dylan" (Little, Brown), and the brand new "Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey" (Clarion - October '12).

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This could prove to be a ground-breaking work.
michael a mccoy
While the artist, Javaka Steptoe, uses a sort of painting collage with a wonderful pallet of colors to draw you further in to the text.
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Different from any other children's book out there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on October 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
At first glance, Jimi Hendrix, who tragically died at age 27 from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol, may seem like an unlikely subject for a picture book. But Golio, an artist and musician himself as well as an author, manages to bring to life Jimi as a young boy and his unique way of looking at the world. What we might think of as ordinary sounds took on extraordinary colors to this musically gifted young boy. "A child was laughing, squealing like a clarinet on one of Dad's big band records," writes Golio. Music of all kinds set off "fireworks in his mind," and he begs for a guitar of his own. With his guitar, he could make a "rainbow of sounds," and with these visual analogies, Golio explains how Hendrix taught his guitar to make unconventional sounds, using it "as an artist uses paint."

Golio's text is set off by extraordinary collage illustrations by Javaka Steptoe which evoke the psychedelic colors and shapes of the 1960's. The illustrations with their wild colors (i.e. Hendrix painted completely in shades of purple and blue) and varied textures suggest the rainbow of sounds produced by Hendrix' guitar.

Jimi has already received starred reviews in Kirkus and School Library Journal and would be a great purchase for libraries as well as parents who would like to share one of rock's legends with their children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael a mccoy on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This could prove to be a ground-breaking work. Golio uses words like electric current, flashing them at the reader in a story of sound and color, telling the story of a young Jimi Hendrix and his dream of creating any and every sensation - with a guitar.
Steptoe's illustrations lie somewhere between sculpture and painting, connecting - in my mind at least - Rauschenberg and Ezra Jack Keats, but emerging totally original and perfectly fitted with the text.
This could be the book that allows authors and illustrators of books for younger readers to tackle subjects like 60s and 70s rock stars, Beat authors, and 'hands-off' subjects ranging from Arthur Rimbaud to Kurt Cobain. Golio's book reminds us that all were young, and despite - or because of - troubled lives and experiences, they managed to create works of art of honesty and original brilliance, transforming our own lives in the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bold and imaginative illustrations match the biography of young Jimmy and bring life to the words on the page, making it easy to grasp how Jimmy felt and what that music inside his head sounded like. Golio and Steptoe successfully capture the essence of the fever this young musician felt and compel young readers to hear their own music, encouraging them to paint with brush and musical instrument. After a vivid story, the author provides further biography and deal straight on with the fact that Hendrix experimented with drugs. Sources are provided for children to help them avoid drug usage. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Marshall on October 2, 2013
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Neat story, dynamite animation--artist's use of color definately helped bring out the best in this childhood story of Jimi Hendrix. Would especially recommend this to Hendrix fans and children as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy Johnson on March 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jimi Hendrix was a flamboyant rock icon who flamed out instead of fading away due to his also being a substance abuser who dabbled in everything from alcohol to marijuana to amphetamines to hashish to heroin to LSD before succumbing at the tender age of 27 to a combination of red wine and sleeping pills. Ostensibly enough time has elapsed since his passing that Hendrix can now serve as a role model to children, at least in terms of overcoming childhood adversity, exploring one's creativity and, of course, making beautiful music.

Adults familiar with Hendrix's hits are more apt to appreciate how author Gary Golio has imperceptibly woven allusions to songs like "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Purple Haze" right into the story. A little less subtle are Javaka Steptoe's psychedelic illustrations evocative of flower children fave Peter Max.

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