Bob Dylan Man Gave Names to All the Animals

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Man Gave Names to All the Animals

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He saw an animal that liked to snort. Horns on his head and they weren’t too short. It looked like there wasn’t nothin’ that he couldn’t pull. “Ah, think I’ll call it a bull.” Man gave names to all the animals, from the mighty bull to the messy pig, in the song Bob Dylan wrote twenty years ago. Now with bite, wit, and explosive color, Scott Menchin gives us new insight into this legendary song.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Dylan's 1979 album, Slow Train Coming, included this title, and 20 years later, Menchin has taken the lyrics and added his own multimedia illustrations to create this picture book. Bold colors combine with powerful lines and visual imagery. For instance, the upper half of the head of an angry bull glares out at readers on a double-page spread colored in fire-engine red. Its horns curl up to encircle the text, which stands in straight lines that march across the two pages: "He saw an animal that liked to snort. Horns on his head and they weren't too short." What adds to the jarring effect of the bull is the sweet cow on the previous double-page spread, its head tilted into a somewhat perplexed look that seems to highlight its innocence. The baby-blue sky, sun-dappled grass, and row of bucolic-looking minihouses with curlicues of smoke rising from the chimneys add to the countryside feeling. The text is forced at times, and the lyrics don't always work as well visually as they do musically. Still, this book would be an effective way to showcase the many ways in which artists can create pictures using collage, paint, scissors, and, of course, their imaginations.
Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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