Where Is My Mind? A Childrens Picture Book
By: Black Frank - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $16.29
Description: The Black Francis cult classic song from the Pixies album Surfer Rosa is brought to life as a whimsical adventure story in this vibrant picture book.
Verdict: Where Is My Mind? is an imaginative picture book based on the Black Francis lyrics to one of Pixies most beloved songs.
The song was released on their certified-gold album Surfer Rosa, and later appeared in the film Fight Club.
Parents and children alike will delight in following the story of a young girl who loses her mind when she falls off a skateboard, then travels to magical lands in search of it.
As for the story itself, well, not long before he formed the Pixies, Black Francis went scuba-diving in the Caribbean. Some of the fish chased him around the ocean and the experience freaked him out, and this Where Is My Mind? turned out to be a pretty straightforward retelling of the incident.
Brilliantly illustrated by Alex Eben Meyer, Where Is My Mind? is a celebration of creativity, both in song and story, and although there are not a lot of lyrics to be read here, the glossy and artfully beautiful pages most assuredly make up for that ten fold.
About the Author - Black Francis, aka Frank Black, was born Charles Thompson IV in 1965 in Boston, MA. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band Pixies, which he formed in the mid-1980s while attending UMass Amherst.
Named one of VH1s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, Pixies disbanded in 1993 after four albums and one EP. Francis continued to have a successful solo career, and in 2004, Pixies reunited for their first tour in more than a decade, playing sold-out shows across North America and Europe.
Pixies remain one of the most important bands of the era, having influenced musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Thom Yorke, and many others.
Alex Eben Meyer (illustrator) lives in Brooklyn, and works in a studio that was formerly a pencil factory. He and his brain have a very nice relationship, and are virtually inseparable. He illustrated the picture books Hero vs. Villain and Creature vs. Teacher.
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