Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King

ElvisWritten by Bonnie Christensen

I have a daughter who really likes the older rock & roll bands/singers. I thought this might be a fun read for her. We both liked reading about parts of Elvis’ life that maybe not everyone knows…..like he was a twin, but he was the only one that lived. The illustrations were a little hard to decipher sometimes, and none of them really look like the Elvis that is so often portrayed everywhere.

I felt like the story could have told how old Elvis was when things happened, instead of just giving the year. I liked the timeline in the back, where it was easier to read all the important events in his life. I wish the story had more detail about what happened after he became famous, instead of ending at when his career had just started.

This is one book I wouldn’t mind buying, especially if I was going to do a display that had to do with music, famous people or people that changed things. Not a bad read overall.

Review by Allyson Rolfe, Granger Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-5

Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King
By Bonnie Christensen
Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company
32 pages
Release Date: April 21, 2015

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