JOHN’S SECRET DREAMS by Doreen Rappaport

JOHN’S SECRET DREAMS

The Life of John Lennon
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In their latest collaboration, Rappaport and Collier combine a spare, poetic text and watercolor-and-collage illustrations to introduce readers to John Lennon and as varied references as Lewis Carroll, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, the war in Vietnam, and the civil-rights movement. The bright art bursts forth as pages are turned, and the busyness of the illustrations matches the frenetic tours of the Beatles. However, the circle motif in the illustrations seems overdone, creating clutter and ambiguity, while the prose style seems wrong for conveying the weighty ideas of the text. It’s not clear, for example, what young readers will make of unexplained references to John’s taking drugs, staging a “bed-in” for peace, divorcing his wife to marry Yoko Ono, and studying meditation to find inner peace. A lively, if unusual, take on the pop-culture icon, whose music is as fresh today as it was then. (author’s note, illustrator’s note, important dates, discography, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. All ages)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7868-0817-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2004




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