Iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and illustrator David Walker team up to present this charming, cozy, and touching interpretation of “If Not for You.”
If not for you… I’d be sad and blue. If not for you… I just wouldn’t have a clue. If not for you… What would I do?
In this inventive interpretation of Bob Dylan’s 1970 song “If Not for You,” illustrator David Walker beautifully imagines Dylan’s lyrics as portraying the bottomless love between a parent and a child—and the magical experiences they might share together.
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, Bob Dylan is without question one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music. He not only revolutionised popular music by incorporating poetry in his folk and rock compositions, he also helped create a more inclusive and progressive consciousness in American culture.
David Walker has been drawing and painting all his life. A freelance artist for almost twenty years, his work can be found on a wide array of products including greeting cards, fabrics, and of course, children’s books. David lives and works in his studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, happily surrounded by paper, paints, and a big lazy spotted dog. Please visit David at DavidWalkerStudios.com.
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2016)
"A floppy-eared dog and his pup treasure each other’s company in anthropomorphic domestic scenes that every child will recognize.... The palette and technique of the acrylic illustrations are soft and rounded using broken lines and delicate highlights. They provide a warm and fuzzy feeling that adds to the theme of love between a parent and child. The lyrics to Dylan’s 1970 song “If Not for You” are the text. VERDICT: Walker has done a fantastic job of interpreting Dylan’s song for children."
– School Library Journal, March 2016
"Walker illustrates the 1970 Dylan tune with an adorable parent-child canine pair. Using minimal backgrounds and props to keep the focus on the relationship, Walker masterfully conveys emotions in his acrylic illustrations...the pictures are so poignant that parents could make up their own words."
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