John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon

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John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. From a young age he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning in life. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll.



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John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. From a young age he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning in life. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll.



As a follow-up to their award-winning title, Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today.

John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. As a follow-up to their award-winning title, Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today.

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Using a combination of narrative, song lyrics, cut-paper collage, and radiant watercolor art, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier have successfully evoked the life and utopian message of singer/songwriter John Lennon. As in their award-winning Martin Luther King biography, the authors capture the essence of a man whose tragic death only underlines the significance of his life. A wondrous trip through the life of a peacemaker.
Children's Literature
In their second collaboration, Rappaport and Collier merge image and word to relate the life and dreams of John Lennon. Rappaport arranges salient facts of John's central life events in free-verse lines that are sometimes spare and other times sing with rhythms that measure the fullness of Lennon's life. Throughout are Collier's '60s-style circles that illustrate events in John's life and imagery from his songs. Through words and pictures we view the sadness and loneliness of a young artistic boy who, deserted by his mother, retreated into a secret world of self-made stories, and we see the magical nature of John's music. These random elements weave in and out, creating patterns that are a textural tour of John's contributions to music, culture and peace. 2004, Hyperion, Ages 7 to 12.
—Susie Wilde
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Gr 5-8-Using a combination of simple prose, song lyrics, and illustration, this heartfelt picture-book biography traces Lennon's life from his childhood to his death. Striking in both its simplicity and complexity, it captures this enigmatic singer, artist, songwriter, and folk hero in a way that will move and fascinate those too young to remember the man but are surrounded by his music and myth. Collier's remarkable illustrations begin on the cover from which Lennon's emotionless face stares out from behind his trademark granny glasses. Inside the book, soft pastel circles appear everywhere. On some spreads, they are on the sidebars on which the text rests, accompanying an illustration. On others, they overtake the pages-sometimes as simple circles and other times incorporating themselves into the collage artwork, becoming records, or orange slices, or flashbulbs. Alternatively they trace over the illustrations, giving them a dreamlike appearance and reinforcing and celebrating Lennon's messages as his hopes for the world. Rappaport's text portrays him as a creative and tortured soul, referring only casually to his more controversial actions. His death is described simply as "murder" with no further details. His wishes for world peace and tolerance are reflected in most of the lyrics selected. This beautiful and stirring tribute will surely send readers to bookshelves and the music stores to learn more about the man.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786808175
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Rappaport
Doreen Rappaport (www.doreenrappaport.com) has written numerous award-winning books for children, including: Freedom Ship illustrated by Curtis James; Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. She lives and writes in upstate New York.

Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier has created art for many award winning children's books, including Rosa, Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Freedom River. Bryan lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    Captivating for young readers

    I have been a John Lennon fan for years. My five year-old son and I read this book together, and he was captivated. He wanted to learn more about the Beatles, and we had fun spotting John, Paul, George and Ringo in the pictures. I think the book is a springboard for discussion with young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    LOVE IT-A JOHN LENNON FAN

    This amazing book about John Lennon filled me with awe. The text and illustrations blended with familiar lyrics and wonderful colors. I was transported back to the seventies when I was a teenager and to the thousands of times that I have listened to the Beatles and John Lennon¿s music over the last forty plus years. I adored the colors and illustrations; I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2005

    AWFUL AND INACURATE

    DREADFUL and INACURATE children's book about the life of rock icon John Lennon. The title is the best thing about the book but completely misleading. With so little information offered in this book of pretty pictures, you would hope the information would at least be correct. Alas, it is not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    This Is a Very Good book!

    This book is very detailed and interesting. I read this book over and over again because it was so good. It is a mini biography with many song lyrics to go with it. I really think you should buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    A lyrical biography of a modern day hero.

    This book uses simple and lovely language and gorgeous illustrations to tell the story of John Lennon's life. As with her biography of Martin Luther King Jr., the writer uses her subjects' own poetry -- in this case, from Lennon's lyrics -- to make a connection between the words for which they are famous and the human stories behind those words. In this way, a larger-than-life historical figure becomes recognizable to a child reader as another person who has suffered and celebrated, as we all do. Lennon's dreams of peace feel particularly resonant now, and it is a good moment to read to children about a man who believed in peace and continues to help us hope for it.

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