Little People, Big Dreams: Elton John; Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Sophie Beer
He’s a rocket man, he’ll fight you on a Saturday night, and whatever you do, don’t let the sun go down on him. For years, Elton John has been one of the most colourful and charismatic people in pop and I was ecstatic to see him given his own Little People, Big Dreams book.
Reginald Kenneth (yes, he wasn’t born as Elton John) was born in a London suburb and he found comfort in music at an early age. A scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music would provide the most solid of foundations for his musical knowledge. It was at a failed audition where his life would change though as it was here that he met Bernie Taupin. Bernie’s talent for songwriting and Elton’s melodies would see the duo create songs that would be listened to around the world. As is so often the case, with fame comes loneliness and sadness and Elton would be no exception. But he would eventually find happiness in his personal life and has become an LGBTQ+ icon. For children with big dreams of a career in music, the story of Elton John is proof that if you have the talent then you will make it.
In a career spanning almost fifty years, Elton has performed to millions of fans on stages all around the world and his many hit songs have earned him fame and fortune. His music has seen him perform at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and he wrote a special song for the funeral of his friend Princess Diana. In addition to his music, he is known for his charitable work for the Elton John AIDS Foundation which he set up in memory of a friend. His charitable and musical achievements have been recognised by the Queen who honoured Elton with a knighthood.
The story of Elton John is as colourful and as wonderful as the man himself. His larger than life personality and his musical appeal transcends generations and his music is as popular today as it has ever been. Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is a cracking read about one of music’s true stars. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of Elton’s life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.
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