Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie

by Jami Gigot (Author) Jami Gigot (Illustrator)

Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A starry-eyed ode to self-expression and staying true to yourself, inspired by the life and lyrics of beloved icon David Bowie.

For as long as David could remember, he felt like a stranger on his own planet. As if he'd fallen to Earth from outer space...

David Bowie is one of the most influential artists of our time, beloved for his joyful self-expression and fierce individuality. But how did he come to be this iconic Starman, celebrated by millions around the world?

Inspired by the life and lyrics of David Bowie, author-illustrator Jami Gigot imagines the story of a lonely young boy enchanted by the music of the stars--yet no one else can hear the shimmy-shake rhythm that moves through his body. At first misunderstood and ignored, David ultimately finds the courage to be true to himself, sparking a dazzling revolution...

At once vibrantly imaginative and true to the spirit of Bowie, Starboy is about embracing your individuality and discovering the cosmic rhythm that hums within each of us.


School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2--Gigot's latest tells the fantastical story of a young David Bowie. David is portrayed as an imaginative young boy, creating different characters that adults will recognize. He feels like a stranger on his own planet, one that has a deep connection to the music of the universe. David's fervent actions get him in trouble at school and his classmates ostracize him. He tries to ignore the unique feelings he has, but it becomes impossible when his radio bursts to life and David discovers music. He delves deeper into the musical world and starts to find his place. Gigot's gorgeous mixed-media illustrations bring the story to life. Music is represented with swirls of color coming out of radios and stereos, engulfing David as he walks around town. Diversity in his school and the city is depicted throughout. Back matter includes an author's note, facts about Bowie, and a list of sources. VERDICT Regardless of children's knowledge of Bowie, the message of an outsider who finds his way will resonate and delight. Recommended for all collections.--Sara Thomas, New Castle Public Library, New Castle, DE

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Gigot's gorgeous mixed-media illustrations bring the story to life... Regardless of children's knowledge of Bowie, the message of an outsider who finds his way will resonate and delight. —School Library Journal, Starred Review

Swirls of sparkling, galactic colors that twine around David make a lively visual representation of sound. . . A visually striking pedestal for an idolized music icon. —Kirkus Reviews

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781250239433
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Series
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