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Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

Billie Holiday — also known as Lady Day — had fame, style, a stellar voice, big gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage through good times and bad, even before her legendary appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Newton's stylish illustrations keep the simply told story focused on the loving bond between Billie Holiday and her treasured boxer. An author's note deals more directly with the singer's troubled life, and includes a little-known photo of Mister and Lady Day!

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"This introduction to the jazz great has tons of kid appeal. Capitalizing on her indulgent devotion to her pet dogs, Lady Day is presented with lighthearted whimsy: a little white poodle in her coat pocket; two bottle-fed Chihuahuas; and her beloved boxer, Mister, sporting a mink coat and waiting in the wings at every performance, to name a few. From the little girl who loved to sing along to her favorite recordings to the grown woman who became a star, Holiday will capture the imagination of young music lovers.... Bright colors, full spreads, and collage combine to paint a larger-than-life portrait." — Barbara Auerbach, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 9
Author Amy Novesky
Illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton
ISBN 054480905X
Publication Date Jun 18, 2013
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English