By: Coldplay - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $16.95
Description: Coldplays warm and infectious hit song Strawberry Swing finds a perfect vessel in this gentle picture book for children.
Verdict: Strawberry Swing is a tenderly illustrated picture book of one of Coldplays best known songs.
It was the fifth single released from their hit album Viva la Vida, and gained widespread acclaim for its accompanying stop-motion animation music video.
With lyrics by Coldplay and illustrations by Mitch Miller, Strawberry Swing tells a sweet story of friendship, encapsulating the innocence, fun, and struggle of finding someone special ― and wanting to share every moment with them.
The book provides an excellent opportunity to introduce Coldplays irresistible melodies to children who will delight in both the music and the message.
In what has to be one of the more grounded story lines within these types of books - I mean, the last one I reviewed was about a rabbit cycling around New York, feeling groovy whilst he listened to Paul Simons song of the same name! - the illustrations from Miller are simply spot on perfect.
Drawn with a Lion King ambiance, the colors are bright, yet watercolor-esque and lay down the most beautiful of scenic blankets for us to feast our eyes upon as we read along to the also-beautiful Coldplay song.
About the Author - Coldplay are a British rock band that formed in 1996, and have since sold over 100 million records and won numerous accolades including seven GRAMMY Awards, nine BRIT Awards, and seven Billboard Music Awards.
The band consists of five members ― Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion, and creative director Phil Harvey. They rose to fame when they released their hit song Yellow in 2000, and their song The Scientist was named as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the Century by Rolling Stone.
The band continues to produce music that tops charts worldwide.
Mitch Miller is an illustrator and visual development artist. He has created work for companies including Yahoo! and Cricket Media. Miller lives in Pennsylvania with his border collie, Willem.
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