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Hello, I’m Johnny Cash

line Hello, I’m Johnny Cash
by G. Neri (Author), A. G Ford (Illustrator)

Man in Black

“Before he was called Johnny Cash, he was simply called J.R.-“ begins this beautiful biography of the star musician Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash, the “Man In Black”, legendry country musician and the all-American rags to riches man has a remarkable life-story.

Written in free verse, each double spread opens with a full page of dense text followed by a gorgeous colorful oil painting-illustration. Every page spills a bold text headline or sideline highlighting a theme from Johnny Cash’s life. For example, “Meet Me in Heaven” titles the page where lone JR sits waiting for his dear brother Jack. John and Jack were known to be inseparable. Jack has been hurt and is dying. The story goes on to show how JR deals with the pain of losing his brother by singing at Jack’s funeral and keeps singing to let his pain out.

Hello I'm Johnny Cash brothers

Every page in the biography shows a different part of his life. Readers will read about JR’s religious upbringing. About his stint in the military. About how he finally ends up with a band and a life long journey as a musician.

Each page reveals a little more about the music in Johnny Cash’s life. How it was his constant companion. And how despite so many odds and struggles, Johnny Cash made a name for himself in the music world.

Reading this book is uplifting and inspiring. Clearly the author writes with heart and love for Johnny Cash’s music.. it really shines through on every page. The book is also exceedingly well researched. The back matter highlights more about Johnny Cash’s life , a historical and musical timeline during his life and a “Discography” which gives references to his greatest compilations.

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” is superbly illustrated. The large size of the book, double spread art work, contrast colors of black and white and real life images captures Johnny’s life in all its glory.

A successful biography is one that engages, teaches, excites and makes you feel. This one does all of that and more. I just couldn’t wait to finish reading and turn on some of Cash’s music.. I still can’t get the tune out of my head Smile

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  1. That sounds like a beautifully done story about a legendary singer. I might have to pick this one up!

  2. It’s always great to find interesting biographies written for younger children to understand Thank you for a great review!


  3. I loved this book when I read it. I’ve always like Johnny Cash, anyway and it was nice to find out more about him. I love these new picture book bios for older readers.

  4. This one sounds just fabulous! I especially love when picture book biographies provide great insights about the people as kids, because kids love hearing about people their age. Will definitely be checking this one out, thanks!

  5. ccarpinello

    This is the first one I’ve heard of when he was a boy. Good find! Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  6. What a beautiful book. We love Johnny Cash and watching walk the line, gave us such an insight into his life, but I did not know he had lost his brother. Thanks for a great review, at the kid Lit Blog Hop

  7. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Oh wow Reshama! Where do you find these gems! I grew up on Johnny Cash and those were some of the first songs I learned on the guitar. The book looks fabulous – thanks for recommending it in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  8. My husband loves Johnny Cash! The pictures look amazing! I am going to have to check this one out! Visiting from Kid Lit Blog Hop

  9. Does the book come with a CD? It so should!! Looks great. Visiting from the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  10. I love Johnny Cash! This book looks amazing thanks for sharing! Visiting from Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  11. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this book. I love Johnny Cash! The illustrations are amazing. I look forward to reading this one with my kiddos :). Thank you for sharing!


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