by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Pub Date 17 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 8 Dec 2020
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
In this book from the multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of John Lennon, the boy from Liverpool who dreamed of peace.
When John Lennon formed a band while still in school, he couldn’t have known they were about to change music forever. With their exciting new sounds, rebel attitudes and gift for songwriting, everyone went crazy for The Beatles. Today, John is remembered not just as a musical icon, but as a champion of world peace. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the legendary Beatle’s life.
Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.
This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.
Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
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Average rating from 27 members
Beautifully illustrated, I always love these but the artwork in this felt pretty spectacular and more fitting to John, simple child friendly version of Johns life and another great addition to the little people series. Fantastic
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
This is another great book to add to the Little People, Big Dreams collection!
I love this series as they are perfect introductions to young people about some of the most famous and influential people from our past and present and are also a reminder about how these people have also changed our history.
5 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended and can't wait for my daughter to get involved in the series - my husband loves John Lennon so this will be one that he will enjoy reading with her too!
Another great addition to the Little People, BIG DREAMS collection.
This is a concise biography of John Lennon, detailing his rise to stardom and his work to promote world peace.
These biographies are age appropriate; inspiring and interesting, but not overwhelming. They have bright, beautiful illustrations, striking covers, and look great on a shelf together.
Thank you to Quatro Publishing Group and #NetGalley for an advanced copy.
A sweet, little book that focuses on John and his beliefs, and doesn't get caught up in its own 'Beatlemania'.
John Lennon for people of my generation is almost a giant among men; it is hard to “imagine” him as a child let alone convey his importance to music and the world politic in general. The author’s task is that much greater in that my own daughters had not heard of The Beatles; for them a boy band were Take That or McFly. My Grandson to whom I am reading this now has no chance to understand ‘Beatlemania’.
Anyone over 40 years of age will be able to reference John Lennon, yet here’s another problem many will see him differently and no small book could capture his life story.
Yet, despite such misgivings I was delighted with this snapshot of Lennon’s life. This is a terrific series. Little People, BIG Dreams books are a great addition to our young children’s bookshelves.
The key here is the dream John had to see a more peaceful world; he used his success and great skill as a musician and songwriter to create an anthem “Give peace a chance.” The beautiful “Imagine” ‘all the people living in peace.’ And the dedication of his love to Ono Yoko - “Woman”.
The book covers this as John was born during World War II in Liverpool where families were split apart by conflict and bombs fell on his City. Importantly it shows how the gift of a parent can promote an inherent talent and kids should not be written off by academic measurements alone.
The world is richer for the life of John Lennon and poorer for his early death. The text captures the elements of his life which the illustrations brilliantly, as always, compliment the words fully. I particularly liked the haircuts, sharp suits and the parody of the four on the zebra crossing to show John taking a new direction in his life.
Hopefully others will notice such care and craft in the drawings rather than just the toilet-seat.
Wow, what a lovely little children's book. I loved it so much, as my favourite musician is John Lennon. The book is all about John's life from when he was young until he died and tells the story about him being in The Beatles and meeting Yoko Ono. I loved the way the story is told in a simple way that is suitable for children and I loved the cute illustrations. I highly recommend this book.
Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is another absolutely gorgeous addition to the little people, big dreams collection this time teaching a younger audience about legendary musician John Lennon. I absolutely adore these books, they're both appealing to the eyes but also incredibly informative and educational in such a small book, and an accessible way for children.
Another beautiful book in this series! I love the simplictiy of the writing along with the beautiful illustrations which make these books so lovely
This is another gorgeous addition to this collection. I get excited to see who will get their own book next. Wonderful storytelling and beautiful illustrations.
A gorgeous new addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series with illustrations that are peaceful and tranquil to look at which fits the main message of the story perfectly.
My thanks to Quarto Publishing Group - Francis Lincoln Children’s Books for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘John Lennon’, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Octavia Bromell, in exchange for an honest review.
This little book is intended for children aged 4-7 and is part of its publishers acclaimed ‘Little People, BIG DREAMS’ series that introduces young readers to the lives and works of significant people including musicians, artists, scientists, writers, political figures and the like via books and educational games.
I found this a moving tribute to John Lennon and once again felt that Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara had skilfully captured the essence of Lennon’s life in a few pages. Given the age of its intended readership she is naturally sensitive about the end of his life. I was especially moved by the depiction of the first meeting between John and Yoko.
In addition, I found Octavia Bromell’s artwork delightful and full of charm. Another excellent addition to this popular series.
Overall, a highly recommended book and series for parents and librarians.
The exceptional Little People, BIG DREAMS series prides itself on providing child-friendly biographies of renowned public figures and celebrities and in this, the fifty-second book in the series, we explore the life and times of one of the most prominent and well-known activists and boy band members in history, John Lennon. Despite being one of the most famous and inspirational entertainers on the planet having achieved incredible things, it's important to remember that he started life out in life as just a child with a dream. This potted biography runs from his birth (1940), early years in Liverpool and the beginning of his love affair with music through to the first big hit of his music career with The Beatles, as well as his promotion of peace and tolerance alongside Yoko Ono, a message still so necessary today.
What's impressive is there is just enough here to enable a child to become curious yet not enough to overwhelm, and the colourful, fun illustrations courtesy of Octavia Bromell complement the text perfectly. It's an educational and entertaining read that empowers young ones to pursue their dreams without limits and inspires children to dream bigger and realise their fullest potential, by introducing them to extraordinary people throughout history. It's a wonderfully engaging and simple to understand book that also helps kids with literacy and fosters an enjoyment of reading. You simply cannot go wrong with this series in general as everything is executed perfectly and tailored beautifully to youngsters. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children's Books for an ARC.
I absolutely adore the Little People, Big Dreams series and this book, focusing on John Lennon, did not disappoint. Filled with glorious illustrations, these texts are a fabulous springboard for classroom discussion. I love how they cover such a broad range of famous faces, from scientists to musicians.
The story of John Lennon gives a brief overview of the life of this famous musician, and of the morales of the man behind the music. I love how sixties in style and colour the illustrations are. I also liked how the book focused more on the man than the musician, giving us more background about his life before the Beatles than information about his work in the band. His death is dealt with sensitively, in a manner that allows for more open-ended discussion with older pupils.
I will be using this book as part of my Person of the Week work in a Year 5 classroom and think it would be a welcome addition to any school bookshelf. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
It's always fun in these child-friendly short biographies to see pictures you recognize, and in this case, we have quite a lot of them, from the Abbey Road cover to the scene with John and Yoko Ono in bed.
I didn't know about the toilet seat and I am sure it will make children giggle.
This would be a cool way to interest your toddler in the music you love.
The arc was provided by the publisher.
Another fantastic addition to the little people big dreams collection.
These are great way to introduce children to amazing and inspirational people.
Great story with amazing artwork too.
Thank you Netgalley for this arc in return for an honest review.
This is another great addition to the "Little People Big Dreams" series. I love the idea of educating and inspiring children through these biographies, as each book aims to teach something to the reader. I like that John Lennon now has his own book. I enjoyed reading his story, from his childhood with his aunt, getting through school and finally starting a band with friends. I especially like the advocating for peace. I very much enjoyed the story and the beautiful illustrations.
What a little gem of a book!
'John Lennon', written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara with illustrations by Octavia Bromell, is a beautifully-written book about John Lennon's life for young children.
The book, which is part of the 'Little People, Big Dreams Series' introduces young readers to inspiring people from various industries including music, sport, science and politics.
This particular book depicts the life of John Lennon, starting from his early years to his interest in music, meeting Yoko and his peace movement.
A highly recommended read.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest and unbiased review.
John Lennon by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is another release in the Little People, Big Dreams series, which I have reviewed frequently on here. I just love these little books. They are always packed with facts about the person who they are writing about and full of colourful illustrations throughout.
This book is about John Lennon's life, and what a man he was. John formed a band while still in school, he couldn’t have known they were about to change music forever. With their exciting new sounds, rebel attitudes and gift for songwriting, everyone went crazy for The Beatles.
Today, John is remembered not just as a musical icon, but as a champion of world peace. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the legendary Beatles life.
John Lennon will always Live in our house and his music is loved by so many people.
I found this little book full of easy to read, with great Illustrations throughout this small book.
It's one you should definitely buy for your little readers so they can learn about this wonderful Rock Star.
I am so glad these books are being published and I highly recommend all of these books
Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
Another wonderful offering in the Little People Big Dreams series, detailing John Lennon's life from his early childhood to his phenomenal musical success as a member of The Beatles and with his wife Yoko Ono. Even as an adult reader there was something new for me to learn and for young music enthusiasts this is a great child-friendly biography with information on how you can learn more.
I wasn’t born until 1980 so missed out on Beatlemania and the incredible talents and musings of John Lennon. That said, Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ remains one of my favourite ever songs and I always love listening to ‘So This Is Christmas’ when December comes around.
Born and raised in the city of music, Liverpool, John was introduced to music and instruments at a young age. His mum bought him his first guitar and taught him how to play the banjo and piano. Despite not being the model student at school, John always showed potential for the arts and he was soon performing at the Cavern club with his good friend Paul. After releasing their first single, Love Me Do, John and The Beatles never looked back, they were global superstars.
There was more to The Beatles than John Lennon though. He was an advocate for a better world and a world where peace and tolerance could thrive. He and his wife Yoko campaigned for peace, leading their own protests and they wrote beautiful songs that would be sung around the world by people protesting against war.
Even in the most troubling of times, John Lennon taught everyone that there is always hope for a better world, a brighter future and more peaceful times; messages and sentiments that are so important, necessary and relevant in the world of today.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is a wonderful read about a man who was part of one of the biggest bands ever and his ideas for a more peaceful and kind world. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of his life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
A wonderful read about the boy from Liverpool who dreamed of peace and who was part of one of the earliest boybands that achieved global fame.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.
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