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

Amy Novesky (Author) Vanessa Brantley Newton (Illustrator)


Billie Holiday--also known as Lady Day--had fame, style, a stellar voice, 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, even at her legendary appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall. Stylish illustrations keep the story focused on the bond between Holiday and her dog. An author's note addresses the singer's troubled life, and includes a little-known photo of Mister and Lady Day!

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
January 03, 2017
9.8 X 0.2 X 10.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Novesky's lyrical writing makes true stories about singers and artists come to life. She lives in Sausalito, California. Visit her website at www.amynovesky.com.

Vanessa Brantley Newton is the author-illustrator of many picture books. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her website at www.oohlaladesignstudio.blogspot.com.


"True to Billie Holiday's life and music, the rhythmic free verse and bright pictures mix joy and melancholy in this picture-book introduction to the great blues singer, known as Lady Day."

"By highlighting Lady Day's affectionate relationship with Mister, Novesky and Newton invite readers to admire the illustrious singer in a sparkling new light."

"This introduction to the jazz great has tons of kid appeal."
--School Library Journal

"Both text and art capture the sweet bond between Holiday and her beloved animals."
--Publishers Weekly