Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters (Hardcover)

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Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters (Hardcover)
By Michael Mahin, illustrated by Evan Turk

A picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.

Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told. When Grandma Della said the blues wouldn’t put food on the table, Muddy didn’t listen. And when record producers told him no one wanted to listen to a country boy playing country blues, Muddy ignored them as well. This tenacious streak carried Muddy from the hardscrabble fields of Mississippi to the smoky juke joints of Chicago and finally to a recording studio where a landmark record was made.

Soon the world fell in love with the tough spirit of Muddy Waters. In blues-infused prose and soulful illustrations, Michael Mahin and award-winning artist Evan Turk tell Muddy’s fascination and inspiring story of struggle, determination and hope.

  • A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017
  • NPR’s Best Books of 2017 List
  • New York Public Library’s 2017 Best Books for Kids Top 10
  • Chicago Public Library’s 2017 Best Books for Kids List
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature’s Best Books List 2017
  • Parents’ Choice Awards Gold Medal
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 5, 2017)
  • Dimensions: 11” W x 0.3” D x 11” H
  • Ages: 4 - 8 years

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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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