Elvis Is King!
Elvis Presley--the King of Rock 'n' Roll, still beloved by millions of Americans--comes to vibrant, gyrating life in this extraordinary picture-book biography from an award-winning author and the winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award. Here's the perfect book for anyone who wants to introduce rock 'n' roll and its king to the child in their lives. In single- page "chapters" with titles like "The First Cheeseburger Ever Eaten by Elvis" and "Shazam! A Blond Boy Turns into a Black-Haired Teenager," readers can follow key moments in Presley's life, from his birth on the wrong side of the railroad tracks in the Deep South, to playing his first guitar in grade school, to being so nervous during a performance as a teenager that he starts shaking . . . and changes the world!Jonah Winter and Red Nose Studio have created a tour-de-force that captures a boy's loneliness and longing, along with the energy and excitement, passion, and raw talent that was Elvis Presley."Readers will want to pore over this thoroughly engaging volume." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Elvis Is King! Details

TitleElvis Is King!
Author
ReleaseJan 8th, 2019
PublisherSchwartz & Wade Books
ISBN-139780399554704
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Music, Nonfiction, History

Elvis Is King! Review

  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    The artwork is phenomenal -- intricately made sets photographed for each scene. The birthplace house looks exactly like it does in real life! The text is alright, but the book does contain a comprehensive author's note at the end that gives greater historical context for Elvis's rise to fame.
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  • Gary Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Jonah Winter’s Elvis is King! tells the story of Elvis Presley’s rise from poverty to music superstar. Along the way, Elvis is presented as an earnest, determined iconoclast with endless talent. Beginning with Elvis’s childhood and ending after his first national record becomes a hit, Elvis is King! captures the highs of his early career without delving into some of the sordid excesses of the later years.The Red Nose Studios illustrations are incredible. Made of clay and other materials, the sce Jonah Winter’s Elvis is King! tells the story of Elvis Presley’s rise from poverty to music superstar. Along the way, Elvis is presented as an earnest, determined iconoclast with endless talent. Beginning with Elvis’s childhood and ending after his first national record becomes a hit, Elvis is King! captures the highs of his early career without delving into some of the sordid excesses of the later years.The Red Nose Studios illustrations are incredible. Made of clay and other materials, the scenes seem three-dimensional and invite close examination. My only quibble with the illustrations is that they don’t make Elvis as handsome as he was in real life, but then again, how could they?The excitable voice in the text begs to be read aloud, but it will also resonate if read silently. Unfortunately, the back matter is disappointing. The heartfelt Author’s Note contains an inaccuracy: “In September of that year, [Elvis] made his first television appearance on the very popular Ed Sullivan Show.” That is not true. Elvis had appeared on three network television shows before the Sullivan show. The back matter concludes with three small photographs of Presley and a web address for “a look-inside video” that seems to be a dead link.
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  • Joshua Gross
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book. It has very in depth information about Elvis, particularly in his younger days and it has really amazing pictures. They are all crafted scenes that are photographed, kind of like Coraline only in a book. The detail and vibrant colors are amazing, from the cute little hamburgers to the stitching on the sides of his pants. I ordered two for the store but I might order more and see what kind of interest I can generate in it because I think the pictures are really amazing a I really loved this book. It has very in depth information about Elvis, particularly in his younger days and it has really amazing pictures. They are all crafted scenes that are photographed, kind of like Coraline only in a book. The detail and vibrant colors are amazing, from the cute little hamburgers to the stitching on the sides of his pants. I ordered two for the store but I might order more and see what kind of interest I can generate in it because I think the pictures are really amazing art.
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  • Castle Spooktacular
    January 1, 1970
    Red Nose Studio does it again! I love their intricate use of set design and puppetry in their work. A breath of fresh air to have complex pictures tell the story instead of illustrations. Well written too. ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Apparently it's just me who finds the illustrations ghastly and the text rudimentary. So it goes.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    For many of us, especially those from the South, Elvis Presley will always be the King of Rock 'n' Roll. This picture book does its darndest to demonstrate why--a feat not easily accomplished in a picture book with no accompanying musical CD. Using conversational text, a tad of Southern dialect and grammatically incorrect words such as "ain't," author Jonah Winter traces Elvis's rag to riches story as his family moves from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee, often living on the wrong sid For many of us, especially those from the South, Elvis Presley will always be the King of Rock 'n' Roll. This picture book does its darndest to demonstrate why--a feat not easily accomplished in a picture book with no accompanying musical CD. Using conversational text, a tad of Southern dialect and grammatically incorrect words such as "ain't," author Jonah Winter traces Elvis's rag to riches story as his family moves from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee, often living on the wrong side of the tracks and dealing with extreme poverty. But throughout the years, Elvis always found solace in music, and dreamed big, supported by his parents. His swift rise to fame also led to isolation and loneliness, feelings that the author mentions, almost as an inescapable part of his celebrity. Having read excellent biographies for adults about this entertainer, I was impressed at how well the essence of Elvis and his life was distilled here for a younger audience. Although at first I was disconcerted by the "scratch-built" illustrations in the book, the more I looked at them, the more they grew on me, and I came to appreciate how the illustrator created small sets for each page, using clay, fabric, wood, various found objects, even clear fingernail polish for the grease on the King's beloved cheeseburgers. The book jacket gives detailed information on how the art was created, and I came away impressed. This one will be a good addition to any collection on musicians and cultural icons as well as a marvelous glimpse into the time period in which Elvis grew up and came to fame. In his Author's Note, Winter is careful to mention the discrimination and segregation that existed during those times and how Elvis and his handlers profited from it. It's clear that Elvis brought so-called "black music" to the white world.
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    This picture book biography features a perfect match-up of author and illustrator. It tells the story of Elvis’ life from a young boy singing in church and in talent shows to him becoming a star. It is the story of a boy growing up poor with a father in jail and discovering many of life’s joys like gospel music and hamburgers. When the family moves to Memphis, Elvis needs to work to make money to keep them housed and fed. As a teenager, he turns himself into something new, coloring his hair blac This picture book biography features a perfect match-up of author and illustrator. It tells the story of Elvis’ life from a young boy singing in church and in talent shows to him becoming a star. It is the story of a boy growing up poor with a father in jail and discovering many of life’s joys like gospel music and hamburgers. When the family moves to Memphis, Elvis needs to work to make money to keep them housed and fed. As a teenager, he turns himself into something new, coloring his hair black and adding his trademark hair wax. He falls in love, discovers blues music, and decides to be the biggest star in music. The speed of his journey into stardom is incredible, as he gets more inspiration for his unique music style.Winter writes with a focused poetic style here, each page a short poem about Elvis’ life. Winter captures the poverty that Elvis is born into without romanticizing it at all. His story is particularly captivating because of how quickly he went from being entirely unknown to being a star. Another fascinating piece of the story is how Elvis realized that he needed to move and shake his hips to be able to sing the way he did.Red Nose Studio has put their signature style in this book, elevating it into something really special that children will love to explore. There are certain page turns that are particularly effective, like the one where in a single turn of the page Elvis emerges with his well-known look. Red Nose completely captures the way that Elvis moves in their clay figures, something entirely remarkable for a still photograph.A great pick for libraries, I’d recommend sharing some of Elvis’ music alongside the book. Appropriate for ages 5-8.https://wakingbraincells.com/2019/01/...
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    In 1983 a group of prominent names in the music industry formed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The primary goal of this group after the establishment of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was to find a city in which to construct a building which would serve to honor the inductees and promote this genre of music. It was September 2, 1995 when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame welcomed visitors for the first time.Prior to that time in 1986 the first inductees were named. Of those sixtee In 1983 a group of prominent names in the music industry formed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The primary goal of this group after the establishment of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was to find a city in which to construct a building which would serve to honor the inductees and promote this genre of music. It was September 2, 1995 when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame welcomed visitors for the first time.Prior to that time in 1986 the first inductees were named. Of those sixteen men, one of ten performers is Elvis Presley. Elvis Is King! (Schwartz & Wade Books, January 8, 2019) written by Jonah Winter with illustrations by Red Nose Studio chronicles this signature musician's rise to fame.My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I love that this publishes on the King's birthday and I love the book! Winter captures the desperate poverty of his childhood, the struggle to find his sound and break into the music business and the astonishing early career of Elvis. He also captures the lonely heart and the yearning of the man. The text feels like lyrics and the illustrations are the signature wonders of the Red Nose Studio - endlessly fascinating to pour over and incredibly effective. There is a wonderful author's note and so I love that this publishes on the King's birthday and I love the book! Winter captures the desperate poverty of his childhood, the struggle to find his sound and break into the music business and the astonishing early career of Elvis. He also captures the lonely heart and the yearning of the man. The text feels like lyrics and the illustrations are the signature wonders of the Red Nose Studio - endlessly fascinating to pour over and incredibly effective. There is a wonderful author's note and some photographs of the young Elvis in the back matter.Read in galley. Do not miss looking at the end pages which are a delightful key to how the sets were constructed.Do kids know who Elvis was? If not, they should and this book is a terrific introduction.
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  • Nicole Handley
    January 1, 1970
    I am not a fan of the artwork in the book but can appreciate the skill needed to make the figures and props. I am also not a fan of the story. As a child of a huge Elvis fan, growing up with his music and yearly visits to Graceland I take issue with some of the information provided in this story. Some of it is true, some of it is wrong, some of it I have never heard of before, and some of it leads you to false conclusions and half truths.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it better than i thought i would. Not an Elvis fan but you can't help but root for the kid. By the way, he was blond! Illustrations are full page clay/stop motion animations. Every page or two is a "chapter" of Elvis's life(Elvis is Born, Elvis's Daddy is Arrested, Tiny Elvis Sings in Church, etc. Just a few sentences per page but enough to pique your interest! There's 2 pages of author's notes at the end with 3 black and white photos.
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  • Ireadkidsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Totally on me. I keep trying but find Red Nose Studio work really off-putting. I know people love it, and I respect the craftsmanship that goes into those tiny pieces, but the figurines distract me from the story, which I think was well written. If you're a RNS fan, the interior of the cover is brilliant, featuring many of the figures included in the book, shown to scale.
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  • Joan Marie
    January 1, 1970
    This biography, told in snappy text, and southern vernacular is beautifully illustrated with animations of handcrafted wood, wire, fabric and found objects. I'd like to see this as a Caldecott contender for 2020! The back matter holds interesting facts and insights not found in the text. Kudos to both Winter and Red Nose Studio!
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  • Karina Blackburn
    January 1, 1970
    The art is great, and the book is fun to read aloud with a southern accent.But the issue here is that the author completely glosses over the appropriation of African-American music by Elvis himself, and makes it seem more like a happy accident, or something that happened TO Elvis, rather than something he was complicit in.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The art in this book is what really made it shine for me. Using the idea of stop motion to create the art for a book is phenomenal and Red Nose Studio (aka Chris Sickles) is extremely talented. The writing was fine otherwise I would have rated it higher. Overall, it's a great read especially for any Elvis fans.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Astonishing scratch-made art from Red Nose Studio. Compelling text by Jonah Winter is appropriate for little kids but does not sugarcoat. I never knew that Elvis's crazy clothes from his early days were from secondhand shops.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Elementary level biography told in short poems. The author takes the reader through Elvis's life from birth to early stardom. He uses short poems to move the reader from event to event in his life. 3-D style illustrations make the characters pop off the page.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Superbly illustrated and thoughtfully written, makes his life interesting even for kids not familiar with his work. I appreciated how they specifically mentioned his appropriation of black music. Recommended for ages 6-9.
  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit that I LOVE almost anything Red Nose Studio does...
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Picture book of the early career of Elvis.
  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars for the art. I do find it pretty cringeworthy that the author blamed everyone around Elvis for his appropriation of black music without recognizing Elvis' own culpability in the situation.
  • Monica Edinger
    January 1, 1970
    This is a whole lotta fun! Tight prose from Winter's that encapsulates the happier aspects of Elvis's life and absolutely wonderful illustrations from Red Nose Studio.
  • Donna Snyder
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a rags to riches type of story. It gave a good historical insight into Elvis’ early life. I did not know he dyed his hair in high school. He was forward thinking early on.
  • Ilse O'Brien
    January 1, 1970
    The artwork is the star here. Impressive scenes and style.
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations were better than the text here, but the illustrations kind of reminded me of Gumby, which I hate.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the format (free verse poetry) and learned a lot about Elvis’s early life.
  • Heather Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing images! Filled with interesting facts about his life.
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are horrifying.
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