When Bob Met Woody

The Story of the Young Bob Dylan

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(pub. 5.3.2011) 40 pages 

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

A uthor: Gary Golio
     and Illustrator:  Marc Burckhardt

haracter: Bob Dylan

O verview from the jacket flap: 

      "Bob Dylan is a musical icon, an American legend, and, quite simply, a poet. But before he became Bob Dylan, he was Bobby Zimmerman, a kid from rural Minnesota.

      This lyrical and gorgeously illustrated picture book biography follows Bob as he leaves his North Country mining town, takes on a new identity, and finally strikes out for New York City to pursue his love of music. He then meets his folk music hero, Woody Guthrie, and his life is changed forever."
T antalizing taste: 

   "May 1941. 
     Bob floated into this world on waves of sound.

     In the city of Duluth,
     on the shore of Lake Superior,
     in the cold North Country of Minnesota.

     To the music of ships' bells, seagulls' cries,
     and the rhythm of tumbling freight cars, young
     Bob Zimmerman began his life story."
and something more: I'm working on a picture book biography idea that connects two people so I've been studying these types of books.

I'm always drawn to the story behind a story, and I was interested to learn the background of this book. Gary Golio, the author of this picture book biography, When Bob Met Woody, writes in the Author's Note: "As a boy, I was always looking for heroes, just as Bob was looking for Woody even before he'd ever heard of him... it was Bob's search for his guiding star that inspired me to write this book."

Gary Golio explains that he did lots of research using books, videos, CDS, "[b]ut only when I read about Bob writing his 'Song to Woody' - using one of Woody's own melodies, a practice common in folk music - did I know where my story was going and why Woody was so important to Bob.  That's when all the pieces fell into place, even though there was still plenty of 'writing work' left to do."

And I liked this Bob Dylan quote: "All I can do is be me, whoever that is."


Kellee Moye said...

I cannot believe I still haven't read this book. I do not remember a time in my life where Bob Dylan wasn't part of it. He was idolized in my household. I even wrote a research paper in college about him and Woodie and how they wouldn't have existed without Whitman. Thank you for reminding me of a book I need to get.

Happy reading this week! :)

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Wow! I'll be interested to hear what you think of this book. That's great that you wrote a research paper aabout Dylan and Guthrie AND Walt Whitman!

And happy reading to you, too!

Christie Wright Wild said...

I am also drawn to PB biographies. Thanks for another great recommendation!