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Wilderman's Treetop Tales Paperback – October 28, 2014
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"Wilderman's Treetop Tales, written and illustrated by Chad Elliott, is a delightful collection of lyrical poetry and stories ... Author Chad Elliott has outdone himself by incorporating music, poetry, stories, and illustrations all into one book. ...The audio CD, although sold separately, is a must-have addition to this book. It enhances the experience of reading these wonderful stories and poems greatly, and is well worth the small fee to purchase alongside the book." - Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
"Wilderman's Treetop Tales tug at our hearts and our imaginations. ... Elliott brings common childhood experiences to life through lyrics and illustrations that invite us all to join the story and even add our own verses. Yes, Elliott's engaging language and illustrations give a delightful context for literacy learning, but most of all, let's travel alongside Wilderman's as we embrace the journey." - Review by Julie Finnern, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education & Assistant Dean of Buena Vista University, School of Education
About the Author
"Normally billed as a folk singer, Elliott's songs all tell finely crafted stories and his mastery of written word is apparent on all of them." - Broken Jukebox.com Chad Elliott was always hoping to be a visual artist. He grew up painting and drawing while acting in community theater productions and singing in choirs. Something changed when he picked up a guitar and slowly taught himself how to play and write songs. Painting images could also be created with words and melodies. Stories could paint pictures for listeners without the mess. He immediately started performing his original songs while still pursuing art and going to graduate school for art. Now averaging close to 200 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for nearly 20 years taking audiences on a roller coaster of humor, whimsy and down home storytelling and song each night. His music has been featuring on Iowa Public Radio's- Java Blend and several Iowa Public Television documentaries. He still works as an artist while residing in Coon Rapids, IA with his wife, Alyssa, and three wonderful children. Inspired by his favorite children's author Shel Silverstein, Chad has just finished a children's book and album of song lyrics and poems called Wilderman's Treetop Tales. Learn more about Wilderman’s at www.wildermansbooks.com. He is also currently working on his 20th studio album of Americana music in Nashville, set to release in 2015. Learn more about Chad Elliott at www.chadelliott.net. Awards and Honors 2014 Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist (Midwest) 2013 Broken Jukebox's Top 25 Albums of the Year 2013 International Blues Challenge 2013 Rising Star - Finalist 2012 Show Me the Music Song Contest - Finalist - Americana 2012 Int. Folk Alliance Conference - Official Showcase Artist 2011 Iowa Motion Picture Awards - Best Original Music Score 2011 Mixies Award - "Most Creative Tour" - One Horse Town Tour 2009 International Songwriting Contest - 3rd Place Winner - Americana 2009 Woody Guthrie Song Contest - 1st Place Winner 2008 Kerrville New Folk - Finalist 2006 Folk Alley Open Mic- Grand Prize Winner 2006 Just Plain Folks - Top 20 New Folk Songs
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The book is written and illustrated by Elliott and is full of beautiful vivid renditions of his artwork based on his lyrics/poems. This is a self published book and I was impressed by the quality of these images. Working in a library and having read, although not reviewed, many children’s books publish through traditional publish houses I would have to say these are just as nicely printed. The pictures are fun and children are going to enjoy picking out elements from the lines of lyrics. My favorite picture in the book was of Toffle the Tomcat, the red sky is striking and I love the expression this gruff old barn cat conveys,. Elliot’s paintings has a very Van Gogh feeling to them (think The Starry Night phase of Van Gogh’s work) full of bold colors and interesting contrast.
The poems in the book, or lyrics, are quite clever and I’m sure children are going enjoy the rhyming and fun situations they bring to life. The book contains a nice mix of fun and silly to more thoughtful and reflective poems. My favorite here was titled Let the Moment Be. I particularly enjoyed the message and feelings this poem conveyed.
As for a first book this was really well done. I hope that Elliott continues to put more of his lyrics into paint and shares them with the world. The book was a delight to read and I think it will be popular among both parents and children. I look forward to seeing what Elliott publishes next.