Hello, I'm Johnny Cash (Hardcover)

By Greg Neri

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763662455, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2014



A stirring look at the early life of Johnny Cash, from his harsh but music-filled childhood to the first flush of stardom.
There's never been anyone like music legend Johnny Cash. His deep voice is instantly recognizable, and his heartfelt songs resonate with listeners of all ages and backgrounds. G. Neri captures Johnny's story in beautiful free verse, portraying an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent who grew up in extreme poverty, faced incredible challenges, and ultimately found his calling by always being true to the gift of his voice. A. G. Ford's luscious paintings of the dramatic southern landscape of Johnny Cash's childhood illuminate this portrait of a legend, taking us from his humble beginnings to his enormous success on the world stage.

About the Author

G. Neri is the author of "Ghetto Cowboy, "winner of a Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award. He also wrote "Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, "which received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and "Chess Rumble, " awarded a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. G. Neri lives in Florida.

A. G. Ford has illustrated many picture books, including "Goal!" by Mina Javaherbin and "Desmond and the Very Mean Word" by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A. G. Ford lives in Dallas, Texas.