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David Bowie

(Pequeño & GRANDE #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  69 reviews
New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of David Bowie, the starman who dazzled audiences with his music. As a child, young David had a head full of songs and ideas. He was inspired by the pop and mod scenes in Britain to pick up the saxophone. After earning his stripes in some of the coolest bands in London, David splashed onto ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 3rd 2019)
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PattyMacDotComma
5★
"And by never being afraid to be himself, little David became the most unique star who ever fell to Earth."


This is another from the "little people, BIG DREAMS" collection for kids. They fall into the category of biography and history, as most of those featured made their mark some time ago.

David Bowie had a pretty normal start to life, and the illustrations show him as just one of the kids.

Illustration of little David sitting outside reading a UFO book with his little spaceman

He especially lo
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Toni
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great title in the 'Little people, big dreams series'. Beautiful stylish illustrations go really well with Isabel Vegara's trademark conscise, accessible and inspiring text that introduces children to the life of this amazing artist. Great message of not being afraid to be yourself even if others might be trying hard to classify or pigeonhole you .
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group/ Frances Lincoln Children's books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
MissBecka
What a cute picture book about David Bowie.
This is great for first timers into the world that is Bowie.
The illustrations are fun and there is just enough information to pique your interest into Bowie.
I wish it had been longer; I was sad to see it end so soon.
As a fan of Bowie I felt it could have had more detail.
Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens for this DRC.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is another outstanding children's book in the Little People, Big Dreams series! In a few brief pages with simple sentences, young readers learn about David Bowie's childhood interests and rise to stardom while being comfortable in his own skin and remaining true to himself.
An excellent introduction to Bowie with great illustrations!
Thanks to Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Manybooks
After now having read a number of the Little People, Big Dreams series books in Spanish (and yes, having often rather enjoyed and appreciated perusing Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara's presented narratives in their original incarnations, not to mention being ecstatic about finding an easy and fun way to practice my rather rusty Spanish language skills with simple picture books), I also decided to try David Bowie in the latter (with the hope that I would find both the author's narrative and Ana Alber ...more
Sadie
I'm an adult Bowie admirer and I adored this. This book shows, in just a few pages and sentences, what made David Bowie so unique and special, not just as an artist, but as a human being in general.

For adult readers, this offers a very first, very basic glimpse into the world of Mr. Bowie. For children, it also delivers another strong message: Be who you want to be, don't be afraid to be yourself, dare to be different - the way David Bowie is presented as role model for pretty much everybody is
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Dita
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As a fan of David Bowie I was so excited to read the newest installment in this excellent series. This book was handled really well, shares great information and bestows all of the dignity that the "Thin White Duke" deserves. Thank you for the smiles and a few tears!

Thank you to Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
David Schaafsma
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Part of Sanchez Vegara's Little People, Big Dreams series. I was bound to be a little disappointed, as excited I was to see Bowie as part of the series, the point of which is that some little people dream big and some of them get to be what they want to be. The art style could have been a little a little crazier, more inventive, and the story seemed disappointingly flat, as the point of Bowie's career seems to be reduced to his wanting to be different and famous and trying all these different st ...more
Hilary
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
This book tells you about the life of David Bowie. As with many books from this series I found it really vague and inaccurate. The book tells of a boy who grew up liking music and dance and his tutors where not sure if he was a boy or a girl. He wrote a famous song about an astronaut and a fight changed one of his eyes from blue to brown, which it didn't, it left the pupil permanently dilated which made it look darker. I didn't like the illustrations and found it told me nothing about this perso ...more
La Coccinelle
The books in this series have been hit or miss (mostly miss) for me, but this one is up there among some of the better ones I've read. It talks about David's early life, his passions for music, art, and performing, and even how he ended up with his distinctive eyes.

The main weakness this book has is its insistence on remaining vague. For example, it refers to "Space Oddity" in the main narrative as simply "a song about a lonely astronaut". It's a famous song! Could its name not have been mention
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Cool_Moms_Read
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Bowie fans rejoice you now have a perfect little fan book to add to your collection. Hitting both demographics of small children and adults this installment from Isabel Sanchez Vegara is sure to please. A short, simple and colorful look at the inspirational life of David Bowie. If you're a Bowie fan or just a fan of being different and doing what you love this would be a perfect gift for your little reader!
Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
David Bowie by Isabel Sanchez Vegara is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I think this is a great book for kids to show them that they can be themselves! It tells of Bowie as a child growing up and his interests then. It follows his story to stardom! I am glad I grew up when I did to experience his music as it happened!
Emma
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known people for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable.
I like David Bowie's music quite a lot and this little book is perfect for the singer's fans who want to introduce him to little ones. But I think it's also quite enjoyable for people
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Lara Maynard
I’ve read many titles from this great little series of nonfiction biographies for children - and the adults reading to them. This one is not my favourite visually, especially given that the subject is someone as interesting as Bowie was in his sense of style and costume. But I look forward to more of the series.

I read an uncorrected proof via NetGalley.
I'mogén
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wish was granted on Netgalley, but as always, all my opinions remain my own!

I have been wanting to read more muscian biographies and something like this makes it really accessible, fun and kid friendly. I like the concept of these type of books coming out of late, like the bedtime stories for rebel girls, this is reminding me of that.
I loved that at the back, it wrapped up basically what the book said but more in a straight forward, factual way.
I loved the colours and illustrations and wordi
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Elaine Mullane
The Little People, Big Dreams series shares the lives of extraordinary people through adorable, quirky illustrations and simple language. Each person represented has had an incredible impact on the world, but started life as a child with a dream.

And by never being afraid to be himself, little David became the most unique star who ever to Earth.

Well, that just says it all, doesn't it?

I love this new release under the "Little People, Big Dreams" banner. And what beautiful messages for children i
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Karschtl
The style and text of this book aim at a very young age group (pre-school) who have probably not heard of David Bowie so far. But although it is a very short book, they get to know him fairly well. They even dedicate two pages to the reason why his eyes are 2 different colours (and I always thought he was born like that!)

Of course it is a very abridged version of his biography, but it might arouse interest to hear more about (and from) this great musician.
Thus it's a perfect gift by parents, aun
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Rachel Bridgeman
This is another brilliant book shining a light on the career and life of a person who made a massive difference to the world.
David Bowie is represented from his childhood days to his last as a chameleon who defied what society expected of him as an artsit. He broke boundaries, he broke records and challenged what was understood by gender. He was unashamedly always himself, despite being made to feel like an outsider, he existed as an emblem for the disenfranchised, the misunderstood who found re
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Martina
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered.
These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable.
I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figure
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Athina Semertzaki
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This new addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series is one you should definitely buy for your little readers. It is very cute with beautiful illustrations and tells the story of David Bowie.
It is perfect for young readers and can offer children inspiring messages. The whole series is very empowering.
I wish this kind of books existed when I was a child.
Donna Maguire
This is another great book to add to the Little People, Big Dreams collection!
I love this series as they are perfect introductions to young people about some of the most famous and influential people from our past and present and are also a reminder about how these people have also changed our history.
5 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended and can't wait for my daughter to get involved in the series
Sayo
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I love the little people, Big dreams series.
Fast and informative reads, the perfect length with bright pictures that old and young alike will enjoy,
I found this one shorter than others I have read, but still very enjoyable.
Daniela
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
This is a sweet little book perfect for introducing Bowie to children. Bowie is one of my favorite artists, and he definitely deserved this homage. I'm not going to lie, it made me tear up a bit.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley!
Janet
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019ng, youth, kindle
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of David Bowie, the starman who dazzled audiences with his music.

As a child, young David had a head full of songs and ideas. He was inspired by the pop and mod scenes in Britain
...more
Annie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

David Bowie is a new biography for young readers in the Little People, Big Dreams series. I've reviewed a number of these titles and they all manage to pack an impressive amount of detail in these little books in an age-appropriate and accessible manner.

Due out 2nd May 2019 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it'll be 32 pages and will be available in hardcover, and ebook formats.

Written by Isabel Sánchez Vegara it's well written in cle
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Motherbooker
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of David Bowie, I was beyond excited to read this story. He was such an inspirational person to so many people. Not just because of his music but because of what he stood for. He was absolutely and always himself. And he inspired people to be whoever they wanted to be. A point that this book gets across beautifully and in a very Bowie way.

This book, more than any of the others I've read, feels true to who Bowie was as a person. It tells his story in a simple but understandable way. It
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Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Another very similar book to the other ones in the series. I can only say the same things that I've already told about these books: very sweet and very good for teaching little kids about famous people who did something great. In this book I particularly loved how little David's difference from other kids/people and his weirdness is communicated as both something very normal and awesome. Another book I would recommend to anyone who has preschoolers.
Richard
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
David Bowie is not a name I you would have thought of to add to this Little People, Big Dreams series. Having read it now, and comparing it with some of these books already reviewed, this iconic Rock superstar deserves his story to be shared. My initial reluctance to absorb his hype is perhaps due to him being part of my growing up and musical appreciation.
Bowie's ordinariness is the first aspect of his life that grabs your attention. Thereafter, it is his drive, his desire to be the complete pe
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Pam
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group through NetGalley.
Part of the Little People, BIG DREAMS series.
Vegara highlights Bowie's childhood and first ventures in the musical field. She then shares his musical philosophy and styles so readers see how he continued to reinvent himself and his craft.
Informative text and timeline included at the end of the book.
The illustrations are understated and bring aspects of Bowie's personality to life.
This series is a terrific first biographi
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Aimee Dars
David Bowie is an excellent and surprising singer to add to the Little People, BIG DREAMS series. A unique and enduring artist and fashion icon, Bowie has influenced generations with his example.

As in the other books in the series, Isabel Sanchez Vegara delivers a concise biography of the star appropriate for early readers while Ana Alberto’s illustrations capture Bowie’s wild style. As is fitting for a child of the sixties, the illustrations have a retro style evocative of the period.

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Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director perhaps best known as the author of much of the Little People, Big Dreams series. Each book tells the childhood story of one of the world's female icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, allowing them to identify with the characters in each story.

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