Guitar Genius (Hardcover)

How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World

By Kim Tomsic, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452159195, 56pp.

Publication Date: April 9, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
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This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid- body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible. Featuring richly detailed, dynamic illustrations by Brett Helquist, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old.

About the Author

Kim Tomsic lives in Boulder, Colorado. This is her first picture book.

Brett Helquist is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of many books, including the Lemony Snicket books, A Series of Unfortunate Events. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World

"An exuberant introduction to a musician and creative genius." -—Kirkus Reviews

"Text and illustrations radiate exuberance and joy . . . A strong addition to inspire would-be inventors, and an excellent choice for STEM programs and biography collections." - School Library Journal

"Les Paul was an innovator and musical force for the ages-he changed the world in a very real way. His story is a lesson from which kids of all ages can derive inspiration." —Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist of ZZ Top