Who Was Bob Marley? – by Katie Ellison, illustrated by Gregory Copeland

     Who Was Bob Marley? (Who Was…?) – by Katie Ellison, illustrated by Gregory Copeland, Grosset & Dunlap, (9780515157970), 2017.

Format: Hard cover

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

Genre: Biography

What did you like about the book? Bob Marley is remembered for popularizing reggae music and his message of peace and brotherhood. Major events in Marley’s life are provided starting with his humble birth in rural Jamaica in 1945 to his untimely death from cancer at age thirty-six mourned by a hundreds of thousands as a world-famous singer. People and concepts that readers might not know (Rastafari, Haile Selassie) are explained in one to two page inserts.  At the end, there are two timelines: Marley’s life and major world events from the 1940’s to the 1990’s. As in the other volumes in this series, a lot of information about the subject is conveyed though the total length is just over one hundred pages and illustrations are all black-and-white pencil sketches.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to young people in third to sixth grade for browsing and report writing.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other Biographies.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/3/17

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