Kanye West: Hip-Hop Starby Gretchen Weicker
Kanye West has never been the typical rapper or hip-hop artist. While other rappers are known for their flashy clothes and graphic lyrics, West uses his music to pay tribute to his mother, fight injustice in the world, and spread a positive message.
Quality design, including an interesting color palette, distinguishes these profiles of young celebrities, each of which is illustrated with large, recent color photos. The tone is light but not breathless; the writing is solid, and the authors go out of their way to emphasize positive values. Thus readers learn about America Ferrera taking the bus to auditions, Hilary Duff's charity work, and Kanye West's devotion to his mother. Missing, however, are the technical details that fascinate many kids-how does Miley Cyrus maintain her voice? How does snowboarder Shaun White develop new moves? Readers are highly interested in these talented young people, what they do, and how they do it. These books deliver the "what" in a clean, classy package, but hold back on the "how."
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