Review: David Bowie (Little People, Big Dreams)
Title: David Bowie (Little People, Big Dreams)
Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrator: Ana Albero
Format: Hardback, library book
Published: 2 May 2019
Synopsis: This new installment in the Little People, Big Dreams biography series focuses on David Bowie, a star with a unique look and unforgettable talent.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I’ve seen a few books in this series in the kids’ biography section of the library. I don’t often read biographies, but kids often come in looking for them, so I decided it was time to become familiar with this series. I’m a huge David Bowie fan, so starting with one about him seemed absolutely perfect.
I grew up listening to David Bowie. My mom introduced him to me at a young age, and I’ve been humming and (poorly) singing along to him ever since.
David Bowie is a great introduction for young readers to biographies. It’s written very simply, and has lovely images to enhance the words. I think it is great for independent reading, or for parents to read to (and with) children.
Biographies don’t have to be dull and full and information-dumping, which can be overwhelming to a reader at any age. The simplicity of Little People, Big Dreams makes the book memorable, and the heartwarming, thoughtful messages included are truly empowering.
Given that this book was about David Bowie, I do wish that the illustrations had been a bit more vibrant, and that the text had done more than expressed how Bowie wanted to stand out.
I also think it would have been beneficial to use the word androgynous when talking about the fact that Bowie looked both masculine and feminine. It was a big part of his look.
Overall, this book had a great message about standing out and following one’s dreams. There’s enough information given to get a young reader interested in Bowie, and perhaps want to find more books about him.