John Lennon’s influence on music and culture is legendary. He was a rebel, a genius, an innovator, and a peace activist. From a young age he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning in life. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock ‘n’ roll. As a follow-up to their award-winning title, Martin’s Big Words, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon’s life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today.
Susie Wilde – Children’s Literature
In their second collaboration, Rappaport and Collier merge image and word to relate the life and dreams of John Lennon. Rappaport arranges salient facts of John’s central life events in free-verse lines that are sometimes spare and other times sing with rhythms that measure the fullness of Lennon’s life. Throughout are Collier’s ’60s-style circles that illustrate events in John’s life and imagery from his songs. Through words and pictures we view the sadness and loneliness of a young artistic boy who, deserted by his mother, retreated into a secret world of self-made stories, and we see the magical nature of John’s music. These random elements weave in and out, creating patterns that are a textural tour of John’s contributions to music, culture and peace. 2004, Hyperion, Ages 7 to 12.
Publish Date : 2004-10-04T00:00:01Z