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If Not for You
by Bob Dylan and David Walker


Overview - WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and illustrator David Walker team up to present this charming, cozy, and touching interpretation of "If Not for You."
If not for you...
I'd be sad and blue.
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Overview

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and illustrator David Walker team up to present this charming, cozy, and touching interpretation of "If Not for You."
If not for you...
I'd be sad and blue.
If not for you...
I just wouldn't have a clue.

If not for you...
What would I do?
In this inventive interpretation of Bob Dylan's 1970 song "If Not for You," illustrator David Walker beautifully imagines Dylan's lyrics as portraying the bottomless love between a parent and a child--and the magical experiences they might share together.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451648812
  • ISBN-10: 1451648812
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-01-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

As a dog savors time spent with his rambunctious puppy, his thoughts turn to... Bob Dylan. Although the bittersweet text describes how bereft the narrator would be without his loved one (“If not for you/ Winter would have no spring/ Couldn’t hear the robin sing”), Walker—with his palette of nursery blues and greens and a cast that resembles cuddly plush toys—keeps the mood mostly light. The winter-without-spring reference shows the older dog kicking back on a green, flower-dotted hill, smiling as his offspring runs after butterflies. At times, Dylan’s lyrics force Walker (First Grade, Here I Come!) to slip into something more existential—a mood that can feel out of step with the way children think about the parent-child dynamic. The line “I’d lay awake all night/ Wait for the mornin’ light” finds Dad by himself on his bed at 4 a.m., looking up at the moon with an expression of mild anxiety. Is he pondering the inexorable passage of time? His own mortality? The cost of raising kids? Don’t think twice, Dad—it’s all right. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)

 
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