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5.0 out of 5 starsI love tall tales and I love Mr. Washington. This did not disappoint.
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
The writing was great, the narrating was more than great. My young son really really liked it. I liked it too.
This book was sent as a gift to my grandson. The font was too tiny for either of us to read and we could not change the size as we have been able to do with other books. is this a comic book where the size can't be changed? if so, that information should be clearly stated with the product information. I would like a refund for this product since it is unusable in its present form.
That's Denzel Washington (not Eric Clapton) teaming his prodigious talents with those of blues legend B.B. King in this powerful retelling of the classic American legend. This is another treasure from Rabbit Ear productions: a beautifully illustrated book that can be read on its own, or with the included cassette. Go for the cassette first: You'll be treated to Denzel Washington's warm, rich, folksy, awe-struck, conversational narration. "So y'all listen up, `cause I'm gonna tell you the guaranteed, gold plated, ninety-nine-point-nice percent truth about John Henry." Then, enjoy the inimitable riffs of B.B. King, as he and his guitar (presumably "Lucille") sing out with the pure, clear, authenticity of the blues: "My name is John Henry. I'm a born natural man. I was born one morning with a hammer in my hand . . . " This is collector material. John Henry's triumph defends the dignity and perseverance of human labor against the encroaching machine. In its own small way, with a low-tech assist from the aural majesty of Washington and King, this volume preserves and extends the pleasures of the written page.