Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down!: How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me & Mom
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Shake, Rattle & Turn That Noise Down!: How Elvis Shook Up Music, Me & Mom

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  20 reviews
FOR HIS EIGHTH birthday, Mark Alan Stamaty’s parents gave him his very own radio. Little did his mother realize that that innocent-looking plastic box would one day be the gateway for a new kind of sound that would “rock” her nearly out of her mind. . . .

Mark first heard the howling thunder of Elvis Presley singing “Hound Dog” on the radio one lazy day and his life was for...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I entered a contest the author was running for a free copy because the book sounded so cool. I never heard back, knowing I'd not won, and honestly, forgot about the book when six months later I received a cool letter in the mail from the author with a postcard and an original drawing he'd made. I just had to read it after that!

This is truly an amazing book and story that kids and their parents will love and their grand-parents may love even more! I think it's integral to the...more
When Mark Alan Stamaty’s parents gave him his own radio at age eight, they thought he’d be listening to the gentle popular music of the time. But one evening, Elvis and “Hound Dog” blasted from the radio and everything changed with rock and roll. Mark’s mother was alarmed at this new music and forbade him from buying any of Elvis’ records. Mark was still able to read about Elvis in magazines, listen to him on the radio, and even see him on TV. Eventually, Mark’s mother gave up and gave in and he...more
Long ago, roundabout 1973 or so, a young Mark Alan Stamaty wrote a picture book. It was called Who Needs Donuts and it remains, to this day, just the trippiest darn thing you ever did see. Trippy and remarkably beautiful. Somehow or other Stamaty was able to cram more tiny details in a single centimeter than most folks do on an entire page. It was like Peter Sis on angel dust. Since the publication of that book Mr. Stamaty has had various other titles for kids. Books like Small in the Saddle, Mi...more
Sep 28, 2010 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up
I avoided this book for a while, because the pictures looked too detailed and the dialogue too crammed-in. But as with most graphic novels, once I start reading them, my brain gets into that visual world and it "reads" just fine. I'm very glad that I gave this one a try, for it's a fun and unusual graphic novel memoir. As Mark discovers Elvis (to his wonderment), his mom, who gave him the plastic radio repsonsible for this atrocious music, feels like "a cornered hostage in a vampire horror movie...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
At first I was rather annoyed at the lettering which made me not-so-happy with the whole book. The letters are in all caps and squished closely together so it's very hard to read. It also makes the pages pretty busy. However, the story is rather delightful with some good history as well as emotional growth. The illustration style initially struck me as rather ugly with amateurish characters with creepy expressions but eventually I got used to it and even found that it seemed appropriate for the...more
Of course, this book is dedicated to Mom--how else would Elvis want it? Mom obsessed and terrifically talented, the King went out into the world looking for affirmation. This guy, the author, got his mojo from the king, and even had a chance to perform in front of President Clinton. His mom was only partially mollified, by the way. As Elvis plugs in and turns on, we are amazed at his innocence. A really succinct and, thankfully, incomplete portrait of a amazing musician and his protege are portr...more
Although this looks like a children's picture book, in my opinion, it's really a graphic novel so that's where I'll have it catalogued. The author turns his interest in Elvis Presley into an entertaining story which I really liked. The illustrations can be overwhelming at times because there's so much happening on the page.
Tiffany Abston
Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll. In this fun book about Elvis Presley and music, students can learn about Elvis in this non-fiction book while still enjoying it. Mark is amazed by Elvis and wants to be just like him. He now has a role model which students can learn about as well.
Even though the musician in question is Elvis, kids today will totally get the appeal. I mean, how many parents love their kids' music? And how many kids have wanted to dress like or be like or sing like their favorite star? This one ought to make sense to anyone.
I probably would have rated this higher if I actually liked Elvis. (Beatles Forever!) However, it's an entertaining story of how Elvis and rock-and-roll stole the hearts of the young and put up a musical barrier between them and their parents.
Childrens Librarian
This slim graphic novel is a treat for any kid who loves Elvis and/or any music that drives his/her parents CRAZY! The colorful, extremely animated drawings bring this charming memoir to life. Grades 4+. -Karen
It is a picture book about a boy who loves Elvis. It is more similar to a comic book. I found there was way too much color and information on the page.
A walk down memory lane--a bit earlier than mine, though. This should be fun to use in school with the students.
Wonderful sequential art autobiography.
I love the theme that hobbies and passions can enhance life and bring joy.
Wendy Garland
This graphic novel tells how Elvis made a big impression on the author/illustrator.
This book brought back memories of growing up with Elvis on the radio. Great book.
A comic format of a child's emergence into an Elvis Presley impersonator.
This book clearly illustrated that music affects the soul.
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