Book review: Blue Grass Boy, by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Rosenstock, Barb. Blue Grass Boy. Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Calkins Creek,
2018. $17.95 ISBN 9781629794396. Unpaged. Ages 5-9. P6Q8

I enjoyed learning about Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass music, in this picture book biography. From his early years growing up in a big hard working family, to performing in his first band, this story is full of interesting details. Beautiful bold pictures support the text, which includes a two-page biography and actual photos of Monroe and his band. The final page features the lyrics to “Uncle Pen,” a song Bill wrote in tribute to his Uncle Pen, a fiddler, who greatly influenced him as he was growing up.

VERDICT: I highly recommend this book for both school and public libraries. It has a great story
about the roots of Bluegrass Music.

May 2018 review by Denyse Marsh.


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