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Elvis : The Story of the Rock and Roll King
by Bonnie Christensen


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An only child, a mama's boy Elvis was a shy kid who struggled to make friends and found comfort singing in church and learning guitar. While in high school, he continued his music but was often ridiculed by students. On a whim, he recorded a song for his mom's birthday at Sun Record Studios as part of a customer promotion.  Read more...


 
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Overview

An only child, a mama's boy Elvis was a shy kid who struggled to make friends and found comfort singing in church and learning guitar. While in high school, he continued his music but was often ridiculed by students. On a whim, he recorded a song for his mom's birthday at Sun Record Studios as part of a customer promotion. The studio loved it so much that they sent it to local record stations . . . and the rest is history.

Here is the story of how a poor kid from Tupelo, Mississippi, became an American legend.

A Christy Ottaviano Book"

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780805094473
  • ISBN-10: 0805094474
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.5 x 0.44 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Music
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Music - Rock
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Performing Arts - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Evocative photo-and-oil-paint collages and a narrative that reads like a series of bluesy prose poems distinguish the late Christensen’s atmospheric study of the early life of Elvis Presley. After teaching himself guitar and moving to Memphis in 1948, a nerve-wracked Elvis leaves his shy childhood behind and finally gains attention in 1954 after performing “That’s All Right”— “ragged, raw Delta blues, with bits of country/ and moments of gospel”—at Sun Records. There’s a subdued energy to both Christensen’s writing and loose, sketchy artwork, one that conjures the simmering potential of a singer before he catapulted into fame. Ages 6–9. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Apr.)

 
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