Posted in Children's Nonfiction, Picture Books

Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, by G. Neri

JohnnyHello, I’m Johnny Cash
G. Neri
2014 by Candlewick Press
ISBN – 9780763662455
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Elementary School
4 Stars

Johnny Cash started out life in extreme poverty, and faced many struggles, but the one thing he has always had was his voice. Music was his passion from a very young age, and music was what led him through his life. This book talks about the many hardships of his childhood, his time in the military, and the growth of his musical career. Each page of text is complimented by realistic and beautiful paintings. They show not only the landscape in which Cash grew up in, but also the incredible emotion in which he poured into his life and his art. I like that each page/chapter is titled by songs. I do appreciate that there was a very small bit of a history lesson in the early chapters as well. The small hints of the depression and poverty may very well lead kids to do more research on their own, which is always a good thing! I wish it would have had a short section on his later life. The ending felt very unnatural, and maybe that is because I know more of the story. It felt a bit too optimistic to me. All in all a great book with fantastic art.

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