I wasn’t born until 1980 so missed out on Beatlemania and the incredible talents and musings of John Lennon. That said, Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ remains one of my favourite ever songs and I always love listening to ‘So This Is Christmas’ when December comes around.
Born and raised in the city of music, Liverpool, John was introduced to music and instruments at a young age. His mum bought him his first guitar and taught him how to play the banjo and piano. Despite not being the model student at school, John always showed potential for the arts and he was soon performing at the Cavern club with his good friend Paul. After releasing their first single, Love Me Do, John and The Beatles never looked back, they were global superstars.
There was more to The Beatles than John Lennon though. He was an advocate for a better world and a world where peace and tolerance could thrive. He and his wife Yoko campaigned for peace, leading their own protests and they wrote beautiful songs that would be sung around the world by people protesting against war.
Even in the most troubling of times, John Lennon taught everyone that there is always hope for a better world, a brighter future and more peaceful times; messages and sentiments that are so important, necessary and relevant in the world of today.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is a wonderful read about a man who was part of one of the biggest bands ever and his ideas for a more peaceful and kind world. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of his life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
A wonderful read about the boy from Liverpool who dreamed of peace and who was part of one of the earliest boybands that achieved global fame.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.