Michael Mahin has loved music since his grandmother gave him his first piano lesson at the age of five. Like Carlos Santana, he believes that music fills the world with magic and love and feeling and healing. He is the author of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters and enjoys writing books about people who use their creativity to make the world a better place. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, two kids, and several guitars he wishes he played better. Visit him at MichaelMahin.com.
Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author/illustrator of The Storyteller and Heartbeat and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, Grandfather Gandhi, and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.
* "The words and pictures here mix exuberance with melancholy.
Mahin's words have a beat all their own, capturing the lows and
highs with poetic verve. Turk's watercolor, ink, and collage
artwork fills pages, exploding with a neon intensity--the
equivalent of a dynamic guitar riff . . . Read the book, then get
kids the music."--Booklist, Starred Review "July 2017 "
"This poetic celebration of Muddy Waters' musical truth is lifted still higher by Turk's extraordinary art."--Kirkus Reviews "7/1/17 "
"Lyrically told with a lilting cadence by debut author Mahin. . . . Turk's mixed-media illustrations leap off the page. . . . The soul of the blues sings out through the pages."--School Library Journal "July 2017 "
"Like Waters's music after landing in the Windy City, Turk's artwork is electric--wild strokes of marker and oil pastel vibrate with energy. And Mahin's equally vivid writing will almost certainly send readers after Waters's catalogue."--Publishers Weekly "August 7, 2017 "
"Mahin's text is engaging, rhythmic, soulful, and written to reflect the blues that influenced Muddy Waters. . . . Turk's expressionistic mixed-media illustrations, many of them double-page spreads, aptly convey the emotions associated with Muddy Waters's music."--The Horn Book "September/October 2017 "
* "Turk's mixed-media and collage artwork roils with waves of darkness and explosive color, even as it models compositional control, and Muddy is always defined with an electric hue that keeps him in sharp focus. . . . Mahin's lyricism and rolling cadence make the text a readaloud delight."--BCCB, Starred Review "September 2017 "