Starboy: Inspired by the Life and Lyrics of David Bowie

Holt. May 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250239433.
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.

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