11/2010 - This picture book biography about Jimi Hendrix' childhood was phenomenal. The illustrations fit the era and helped the reader see the music, just as the author contends that Hendrix 'saw' music. Though I'm certainly not 'up' on all the other possible contenders, I'd love to see this book selected for the Caldecott.
I heard an interview with the author (on NPR's Morning Edition or on the BBC's The Strand) and I was a bit concerned because he said that he chose to write this book because he admired the traits of perseverance and dedication that Hendrix displayed, succeeding despite his impoverished upbringing. I feared that the book might be too didactic. However, the text is lyrical, perfectly befitting a biography of a musician.
I can't wait to read this book with my 4th graders. Hmmm, maybe we should have a Mock Caldecott discussion!
12/27/2010 ** Received a copy for Christmas - Yes!! Wish the publisher had sprung for a dust jacket, but I still love the book.