Sunday, December 18, 2011

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea

In the mood for a funny picture book? Filled with voice and centered on a tall tale? One with funny drawings and terrific phrases? A book that will make you laugh and wonder what the truth is about how Levi Strauss got his start for real? Then search out this goody!!

This book made me laugh, wonder, and explore. I love the cover, which is exactly why I picked it up in the first place. By the second page, I was wondering just how accurate the representation in the text was. Stacy Innerst' illustrations caught my eye on most of the pages, particularly with how each one appears drawn on jean fabric. The vocabulary the author uses is just right, including phrases from the time period that take readers to the Gold Rush and San Francisco. I love how the author lets the story tell itself in a zany, imaginative, completely disconnected from history way, but includes true facts at the end of the book.  For me, the book tied drawing and tall tale completely and effectively into story telling.

I really enjoyed this read!! If you are looking for a funny, crafty tall tale, this one might be for you!!


  1. Looks like a terrific read! We are looking for bios of creative people for some recommendations in January, so thanks for the nudge with this goody!

  2. Yes, I was surprised when I stumbled across it. I hope you enjoy the read, Ruth.