Picture Books

I and I: Bob Marley

Picture book. By Tony Medina. Illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson. 2009. 48 pages.
The life of Bob Marley told through poems and illustrations.
Themes: Art & Music

A picture book for children ages 8 to 12 about the life of musician and songwriter Bob Marley.

“This lyrical picture-book biography of the reggae icon tells his story in verse, from humble beginnings in a small Jamaican village to his glory days as an influential musician. Told in first person (the “I and I” can mean “we”), 17 poems chronologically plot Marley’s life path — combined, the poems (and vibrant acrylics) paint a vivid picture of the poverty and turmoil but also the love, faith and island beauty from which Marley arose. . . . Medina’s (Love to Langston) thorough endnotes will answer questions, e.g. what the term Babylon means. Watson’s (Chess Rumble) majestic art powerfully evokes the people and places that had the strongest influence on Marley, as well as the power he himself would wield.” —Publishers Weekly

“Medina shines a light on a very influential musician/activist. Marley’s music and his message of peace touched many people. Medina easily conveys this so young readers will know Bob Marley was more than a great voice. Jesse Joshua Watson’s gorgeous illustrations are a perfect fit to Medina’s text. Watson’s illustrations are strong enough to stand alone. Without reading a single word there’s still a story. Its in Marley’s young eyes of wonder or the man with the half open coconut and the smile on his face, or an adult Marley holding broken chains with a look of no more on his face. This beautiful book was made with love, I say that based off the very detailed the notes. Only an author who cared enough would take the time to expand on all 17 poems.” —The Happy Nappy Bookseller

Learn more about the book at the website for illustrator Jesse Joshua Watson.


ISBN: 9781600602573 | Lee and Low Books