Introducing Jimi Hendrix to a new generation unaware of his legendary status takes courage, creativity and a wise approach. Author Gary Golio has successfully taken on the task in Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow, and he keeps both reader and audience coming back for more.
Before Jimi Hendrix became a superstar, he was a young boy living in Seattle with his father, who had a hard time keeping a job. Hendrix found inspiration in the world around him, and he used his artistic talent, vivid imagination and love for music to escape the streets of Seattle and transform himself into a legendary music star.
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow is a book that will keep music loving children listening attentively, while creative minds will run wild. Through Golio’s almost lyrical storyline, changing fonts and upside-down writing, it feels as if Hendrix’s music comes alive through the pages.
Javaka Steptoe’s plywood and mixed media illustrations are unique and dramatic, and they complement the expressive storyline and add extra dimensions to Golio’s writing.
As the story ends, an abrupt transformation takes place and leads the reader into reality, when the author’s note provides a look into Hendrix’s substance use and his untimely death.
Title: Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow
Author: Gary Golio
Illustrator: Javaka Steptoe
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (October 4, 2010)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow by Gary Golio for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.