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

Amy Novesky, illus. by Vanessa Brantley Newton. Harcourt, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-15-205806-7
This biography of Billie Holiday (1915–1959) is as much a study of her dogs as of the singer. And there were a lot of them. “The Chihuahuas, Chiquita and Pepe, she fed with a baby bottle,” writes Novesky. “There was the Great Dane named Gypsy and the wire-haired terrier Bessie Mae Moocho,” and more. Lady Day’s favorite was her boxer, Mister, and this story’s drama centers around whether Mister will be there for Holiday after “she had to leave home for a year and a day” (endnotes explain that this was due to a conviction for drug possession). Newton’s illustrations neatly incorporate sheet music, photographic elements, and period ephemera, and both text and art capture the sweet bond between Holiday and her beloved animals. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/2013
Release date: 06/18/2013
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.