Andy Koopmans has written a detailed portrait of Madonna, the famous pop singer. He begins with an introduction briefly outlining who she is, her achievements and why she is so popular. The following six chapters deal with her early childhood, her teen years and her struggle to become a successful pop artist, her later years, and where she is today in her career. Exploring all areas of Madonna's life, the book is an honest and open picture of a talented young woman who was intent on becoming a singer in her own way. One interesting fact is that Madonna wanted to be a dancer first. She dropped out of college and went to New York to seek a career as a dancer. Eventually she became a back-up singer and then joined a band. She began to write songs and played the drums. In 1981, she went solo and in 1982, her first song was published and became number one on the music billboards. By the 1990s, Madonna was one of the richest women in the music industry. She also starred in movies although her movie career never measured up to her singing career. In 1996, Madonna gave birth to a baby girl. In 2000, she had another child with Guy Ritchie, who she later married. Today, Madonna appears settled in her career and in her personal life. There are many sidebars throughout the book and black-and-white photographs. Andy Koopmans has done a good job describing Madonna's life. 2003, Lucent Books, Ages 10 up.
Della A. Yannuzzi