Robbie Robertson (Text) with David Shannon (Illustrations)
Harry N. Abrams
Here Robbie Robertson – yes, of The Band! – delves into his heritage and history to bring a story around the myth of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. Billed as a children’s book (48 pages) it’s a long story, wordy and deep, and you can hear that calm, clear speaking voice of Robertson’s as you read the words. It’s aimed at 4-8 year olds and might be a stretch at the younger end of that spectrum, attention span-wise, but it’s very much a book that’s not just for children. Obviously there’s the star-factor of Robertson but also it’s a popular myth that adults can enjoy, folkloric tale augmented by some incredible illustrations.
In fact it’s David Shannon’s artwork that might well draw adults into the tale – very graphic-novel like, very powerful too.
A fun read at any rate, it might be one you get for the kid/s and keep for yourself. As you wait for them to grow into it, or yourself to grow out of it. And, yes, I’m possibly projecting there…