MUDDY: THE STORY OF BLUES LEGEND MUDDY WATERS by Michael Mahin. Illus. by Evan Turk. New York: Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2017. 48p. ISBN: 978-1-4814-4349-4 hc. $17.99. Gr. K-2 JUV 921
This book of inspiration and determination follows the challenges placed in the path of American blues legend, Muddy Waters, during his climb to fame. Raised by his grandmother Della, McKinley Morganfield, loved blues music from the time he was a small child. He earned his nickname, Muddy, by playing in the mud of the Mississippi Delta. He realized that sharecropping wasn't the life for him and left the South to play music in Chicago, where he blended the local jazz sound with the Delta blues to create his signature style of "Chicago Blues." Evan Turk's bold, colorful collage illustrations supplement the text and bring music to the vibrant pages.
Charlotte Dugas, Retired Director, Munising School Public Library