'Don't Stop: A Children's Picture Book'
By: Christine McVie & Nusha Ashjaee - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $15.29
Description: 'Don't Stop: A Children's Picture Book' is a beautifully illustrated picture book based on Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac's enduring anthem to optimism and patience.
Verdict: Targeted at an age range of 5-7 year-old's and running at a lush 24 pages, these magnificent, colorful, vibrantly illustrated and harmoniously told (through Fleetwood Mac's lyrics) stories are presented in 8.5"x8.5" glossy hardback books.
Featuring lyrics from songs that you would normally only ever hear on the radio, or coming out of the speakers of a record player (or, these days, computer, iPhone, etc.), each song (within the series) is a pocket of storytelling that spring forth to enlighten the mind or embrace the heart.
From the off, the song was one of the singles on Fleetwood Mac's megahit album Rumours, which spent thirty-one weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and went on to sell over forty million copies worldwide.
Here, and with the gorgeous, yet subtle illustrations from Nusha Ashjaee with every turn of the page, and using a its theme song as the very same one that was used for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, Christine McVie's lyrics paired with woodland creatures in 'Don't Stop: A Children's Picture Book' is truly as wondrous as it sounds.
The story is one that imagines a rabbit willing her hibernating friends out of a long and dark winter and into a joyous spring.
The story about the welcoming a new day, a bigger, brighter day with new possibilities is obviously one we can all relate to these days, and funnily enough, it can actually be read or even sang to your children (and what a great way to introduce them to some of the most classic of classic rock music at the very same time!
About the Author - Christine McVie is a singer/songwriter best known for her tenure as one of the lead vocalists and songwriters for the legendary rock-and-roll band Fleetwood Mac. Christine joined the band in 1970.
Fleetwood Mac became one of the key musical narrators since the 1970s and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. In 1998, she was inducted, as a member of Fleetwood Mac, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Nusha Ashjaee is an illustrator originally from the Bay Area, now based out of Brooklyn. She received her BA from California College of the Arts in writing and literature. This is her first picture book.
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