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Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane抯 Musical Journey

by Gary Golio
Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez

Published by Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
40 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠧47-239941

Ages 914

An amazingly well-done picture book biography covers John Coltrane抯 entire life, weaving in both his drug addiction and his search for meaning through religion梩wo very complicated aspects of his adult life梚n a nonjudgmental, accessible way. Author Gary Golio抯 writing is not only successful at explaining its complex subject, but it sings, whether he抯 writing about Coltrane抯 relationship with music or his conscious decision to turn away from drugs, a struggle at which he succeeded with support. Rudy Gutierrez抯 striking illustrations blend photorealistic faces and abstracted bodies that distort into swirling shapes that can be interpreted as music, a drug-addled mind, religious fervor梠r all three. The sophisticated art is a great choice for the complexity of Coltrane and the audience for this picture book for older readers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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