Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

muddy-9781481443494_lgMuddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told, a refrain that runs throughout this picture book biography by Michael Mahin (illustrated by Evan Turk). No matter who told him he couldn’t do something–his grandma, the boss man, or the Chicago club owners–Muddy did what he knew he needed to do, which was wail on his guitar. “He called up the sticky heat of a summer night, the power of love, and the need for connection in a world that was so good at pulling people apart.”

Evan Turk’s illustrations are lively and vivid, and Michael Mahin’s prose sings with passion and lyricism. Read Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters and discuss perseverance and the blues.



About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

  1. I’ve got this one on my list to highlight for Perfect Picture Book Fridays. Love it!

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