Mister and Lady Day (Hardcover)

Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

By Amy Novesky, Vanessa Brantley Newton (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152058067, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 18, 2013

List Price: 16.99*
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Billie Holiday—also known as Lady Day—had fame, style, a stellar voice, big gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage through good times and bad, even before her legendary appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Newton’s stylish illustrations keep the simply told story focused on the loving bond between Billie Holiday and her treasured boxer. An author’s note deals more directly with the singer’s troubled life, and includes a little-known photo of Mister and Lady Day!

About the Author

Amy Novesky has written several well-received picture books including Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Ms. Novesky lives with her family in Sausalito, California. Visit her online at www.amynovesky.com.

Vanessa Brantley Newton is the author-illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and the illustrator of One Love by Cedella Marley.

Praise For Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

"True to Billie Holiday's life and music, the rhythmic free verse and bright pictures mix joy and melancholy in this picture-book introduction to the great blues singer, known as Lady Day."

"By highlighting Lady Day's affectionate relationship with Mister, Novesky and Newton invite readers to admire the illustrious singer in a sparkling new light."

"This introduction to the jazz great has tons of kid appeal."
School Library Journal

"Both text and art capture the sweet bond between Holiday and her beloved animals."
Publishers Weekly