These Boots Are Made for Walkin': Children's Book
By: Lee Hazlewood - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $16.95
Description: An exuberant celebration of dance and play in picture book form, based on Charlotte Caffey’s joyful classic made famous by the Go-Go’s.
Verdict: Targeted at an age range of 5-7 year-old's and running at a lush 24 pages, this magnificent, colorful, vibrantly illustrated and harmoniously told (through Charlotte Caffey's classic) story is presented in 8.5"x8.5" glossy hardback book.
Featuring lyrics from songs that you would normally only ever hear on the radio, or coming out of the speakers of a record player (or, these days, computer, iPhone, etc.), each song (within the series) is a pocket of storytelling that spring forth to enlighten the mind or embrace the heart.
'These Boots Are Made for Walkin’' is an adorable story of friendship and family set against the backdrop of Lee Hazlewood’s iconic song.
While there have been numerous recordings over the past several decades, 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin’' was originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra and released in early 1966 to instant success.
A #1 Billboard hit in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia that was nominated for three GRAMMYs, Hazlewood’s song continues to be embraced to this day.
The funny story line and delightful images are sure to have the entire family curled up and laughing together, pets included!
A quite perfect kids picture book for the entire family of wee ones, let alone their pet-loving parents, the song 'These Boots ...' may well now feature a certain country and western swagger to it, but ultimately ends up being one very cultured, and even feisty at times, and, oh ok, I'll say it, simply adorably purr-fect cat story!
As we read along, we learn that the cat in question isn't going to let the family dog take all of her human's attention and so, as the lyrics inform us beforehand, one of these days, these boots (and possibly her claws!) will walk (and pounce, one assumes) all over the oblivious dog!
Simply adorable from start to finish, not to mention highly creative and pure joy to read aloud (as they all are in this series), if you are an animal lover, both the reader and the listener will automatically begin to root for one or other of the animals along the storyline; and that's just (oh dear, sorry, here it comes again) purr-fectly fine!
About the Authors - Lee Hazlewood (1929-2007) was an American country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s and 1970s.
Hazlewood had a distinctive baritone voice that added a resonance to his music. His collaborations with Nancy Sinatra as well as his solo output in the late 1960s and early 1970s have been praised as an essential contribution to a sound often described as "cowboy psychedelia" or "saccharine underground".
Indeed, Rolling Stone ranked Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra No. 9 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time.
Rachel Moss (illustrator) is a graphic designer in love with the bright colors and vibrant energy of the Caribbean. She was born in Jamaica and studied animation in England at the University for the Creative Arts.
Moss now lives in Jamaica where she spends her days illustrating children’s books such as 'Respect' with song lyrics by Otis Redding, 'African' with song lyrics by Peter Tosh, 'I Am a Promise' by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, 'Abigail’s Glorious Hair,' and 'Milo & Myra Learn Manners with Mr. Mongoose.'
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