I remember saving my babysitting money for weeks to buy Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. I also remember standing in line to buy Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Of course Elton John is a worthy subject for biography! I will leave off the part where I had an argument with my parents over the artistic merit of Bitch is Back.
Our story begins as poor Reggie Dwight struggles against the expectations of his military father. Suddenly, he meet Bernie Taupin and the magic starts to happen. For 2011, I am wondering how many kids will “get” what Elton John was in the mid 1970’s. I am also concerned that the particular library copy I had access to had some nice looking mold in the bindings and was held together with sticky tape. (It wasn’t even good book tape) As a highly sophisticated teen in 1976, I know I would have ignored this book simply because it looked like a “kids” book. My boy Reggie deserves a much better book and something a bit more current and pictures in color, please!