Yellow Dog Blues


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$18.99  $17.66
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
9.78 X 9.22 X 0.33 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Alice Faye Duncan has written over a dozen books for children, including Evicted! (Calkins Creek), A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks (Sterling), and Martin, Memphis, and the Mountaintop (Calkins Creek). Among other honors, Alice's books have been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards and have been named to several best books of the year lists. Alice lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where she often writes about her home state's people and history. She grew up listening to blues music on the local radio station, and her favorite artists are Koko Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker. Follow Alice on Instagram @alicefayewrites or visit her website at

Chris Raschka received the Caldecott Medal for The Hello, Goodbye Window (Hyperion) and for A Ball for Daisy (Schwartz & Wade). His other books include Paul Writes (a Letter) (Eerdmans), Saint Spotting (Eerdmans), and the Caldecott Honor-winning Yo! Yes? (Scholastic). He has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as one of the most original illustrators working today, and he continues to create stories and art that appeal to readers of all ages. He lives with his family in New York City. Follow Chris on Instagram @chris.raschka.


Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Like listening to a blues record while wrapped up in a homemade quilt sipping sweet tea."

Booklist (starred review)
"A historical journey, an exploration of blues music, and an exciting new technique for a Caldecott-winning artist come together in this unique artistic exploration."

The Horn Book Magazine
"While many of the musical references will be over the heads of the picture-book audience, this simple introduction to blues history tells a universal story of loss to which many kids will relate; and some may even admire the pup's independent spirit."

Publishers Weekly
"Duncan's writing is the stuff of bluesy poetry, full of heart in portraying Bo Willie's love for Yellow Dog and journey through a significant region. Raschka's illustrations, created from embroidery thread and fabric paint, give the book a handmade feel."

School Library Journal
"Raschka's artwork is unique, with a mix of cross-stitching and patches of fabric that makes readers feel cozy and comforted, reminded of a time long past."