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Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Hardcover – October 4, 2010
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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.
I gave this book last week as a reading addition to my daughters first grade class; her teacher loves it and even spoke about other unique musicians and artists to the kids; this book is beautiful and opened other interests for the teachers and the kids!
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.
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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Awesome book. This was on my 3rd grader's summer reading list. We all loved the book. It's a great keepsake and would also make a great gift.Published 12 months ago by MC Spats
I couldn't recommend this book more highly. It has a number of things going for it which make it a must-have for classrooms and home libraries. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Peter Lapp
Jimi Hendrix was an artist who painted his message with sound. Every chord and note was a different color on his musical pallet and this is his story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shelli
If you teach 5th grade you will love this book, because it packed with figurative language. I spent a whole week dissecting it with students. It had similes, onamatopeia, etc.Published on July 19, 2014 by B. temple
Neat story, dynamite animation--artist's use of color definately helped bring out the best in this childhood story of Jimi Hendrix. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by George Marshall