John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon (Big Words) (Prebound)

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By Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
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John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. From a young age, he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll.
Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today. Praise for the Big Words series: John's Secret Dreams "This beautiful and stirring tribute will surely send readers to bookshelves and the music stores to learn more about the man." -School Library Journal Martin's Big Words
-2002 Caldecott Honor Book
-2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
-Child Magazine Best Book of 2001
-New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2001
* "A stunning, reverent tribute."
-School Library Journal, starred review
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* "Exceptional art, along with Rappaport's and Lincoln's words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction."
-Booklist, starred review
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* "Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life."
-School Library Journal, starred review
Helen's Big World
* "Stirring and awe-inspiring."
-The Horn Book, starred review
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* " T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president."
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* "Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography."
-Booklist, starred review
* "Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library."
-School Library Journal, starred review.

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the "Washington Post"-Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Among her many award-winning biographies are "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; "Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln," illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a CCBC Best Book of the Year and an IRA Teacher's Choice; and "Helen's Big World," illustrated by Matt Tavares, an ALA Notable Book for Middle Readers, CCBC Best Book of the Year, and an Oppenheim SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Products) Award winner." "She lives and writes in upstate New York. Visit her at

Bryan Collier, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal and a three-time recipient of the Caldecott Honor, has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including "Uptown," "Martin's Big Words," "Rosa," "Dave the Potter," and "Knock Knock." He lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit Bryan online at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606383349
ISBN-10: 0606383344
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Big Words