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 fascinating and inspiring story of struggle, determination, and hope.
Michael Mahin enjoys writing about people who use music to make the world a better place. He is the author of the New York Times Best Illustrated book Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters illustrated by Evan Turk and he lives in San Diego with his wife, two kids, and not enough guitars. Visit him online at michaelmahin.com and on Twitter @MahinWriter.
Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author-illustrator of “The Storyteller” and “Heartbeat”; and the illustrator of “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters”, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; “Grandfather Gandhi”; and it’s companion “Be the Change”. His next book “You Are Home: An Ode To the National Parks” will be released in June 2019. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Bert and Pica. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Evan loves to travel all over the world and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it. He speaks to kids and adults across the country and loves talking with them about storytelling and making art.
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