Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her – Amy Novesky, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton


51ga-ic3zal   Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her – Amy Novesky, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544809055, 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: (1-5, 5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:   Biography 

What did you like about the book? I enjoyed the sweet story of Lady Day and her dog Mister. Though set in 40’s, one now recognizes the valuable support and love of a dog like Mister, as a sound psychological support for anxiety, PTSD and trauma, in Billie’s life. This animal bond and the acceptance of addiction as a disease, allows the book to positively frame her life and her special talents. It offers hope to families and children that may have similar situations. I found the clever artistic style of collage with drawings opens up each page to close scrutiny, as it mirrored the complicated parts of Lady Day’s life. I appreciated the neutral sensitivity of exposing her jail time without shame, and her triumph return to her feelings and her singing, that celebrates her exceptional Jazz talent.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Music teachers, animal lovers, children and parents who share a love of Jazz.

Who should buy this book? Elementary librarians, music teachers, history teachers

Where would you shelve it ? Juvenile Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 1/20/17

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