“elvis is king” is an illustrated children’s book that fans must see!

Es­ti­mated reading time is 4 minutes.

THIS IS AN UN­USUAL MOVE FOR ME in that I am pushing a product here on my Elvis – A Touch Of Gold blog. I didn’t go looking for a product to push; in fact, quite the op­po­site oc­curred. I was looking for im­ages for the se­ries of ar­ti­cles I am writing about the line of Elvis records on the Gold Stan­dard Se­ries. Lo and be­hold, I stum­bled over Elvis Is King, an il­lus­trated chil­dren’s book.

Back when I was a young whip­per­snapper and I drew al­most as often as I breathed, growing up to be­come an il­lus­trator of books for kids under the age of ten was on my list of po­ten­tial ca­reer choices. So when I see a spe­cial chil­dren’s book—and there are so, so many spe­cial chil­dren’s books over the past few decades—I stop and take no­tice. (Or at least, I did when my daughter was a wee tad. Now I have a grandson and those BIG pic­ture books are looking good again.)


I saw Red Nose Stu­dio’s “Elvis Is King” book and im­me­di­ately knew I had to write an ar­ticle about it and pro­mote it on my blog!


So, I was scrolling through my browser looking for im­ages of the Puppet On A String single from 1965. Mostly I was looking for high quality im­ages of the pic­ture sleeve and any ad­ver­tise­ment for the record that many have apeared in Bill­board or Cash Box mag­a­zine in 1965.

Then I see pup­pets of Elvis, Scotty, Bill, and D.J. on stage in the ’50s! Clicking on that image took me to the Red Nose Studio page that was heralding their newest book, Elvis Is King. an il­lus­trated chil­dren’s book about Elvis! One look at the im­ages there and I started writing this piece.


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This is the cover of Elvis Is King. The neon-light-style type­face used for “ELVIS” re­flects the font used on Pres­ley’s second long-play album, ELVIS (RCA Victor LPM-12382), from late 1956. This simple, san-serif type­face was later used to a more dra­matic ef­fect on the NBC tele­vi­sion spe­cial Elvis and its ac­com­pa­nying album, ELVIS (RCA Victor LPM-4088), in late 1968.

Elvis is king!

I have not seen the book (al­though I will be calling my local book store later today to order a copy) but I want to push this product to each and every reader of my blog! It was written by Jonah Winter with il­lus­tra­tions (which are photos of pup­pets and en­vi­ron­ments) by Red Nose Studio, which was founded by Chris Sickels. And so, this is the end of my blathering—now I am just going to quote the pub­lish­er’s blurbs:

“Elvis Presley–the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, still beloved by mil­lions of Americans–comes to vi­brant, gy­rating life in this ex­tra­or­di­nary picture-book bi­og­raphy from an award-winning au­thor and the winner of a New York Times Best Il­lus­trated Book Award.

Here’s the per­fect book for anyone who wants to in­tro­duce rock ‘n’ roll and its king to the child in their lives. In single-page ‘chap­ters’ with ti­tles like ‘The First Cheese­burger Ever Eaten by Elvis’ and ‘Shazam! A Blond Boy Turns into a Black-Haired Teenager,’ readers can follow key mo­ments in Presley’s life, from his birth on the wrong side of the rail­road tracks in the Deep South, to playing his first guitar in grade school, to being so ner­vous during a per­for­mance as a teenager that he starts shaking . . . and changes the world!

Jonah Winter and Red Nose Studio have cre­ated a tour-de-force that cap­tures a boy’s lone­li­ness and longing, along with the en­ergy and ex­cite­ment, pas­sion, and raw talent that was Elvis Presley.”


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I se­lected three pages from the book (above). The first one fea­tures Gladys Presley eyeing the used guitar in a pawn­shop window that she will buy for the young Elvis. The second page gives us Elvis as a teenager on a sorner on Beale Street in down­town Mem­phis, watching the black street mu­si­cians wailing the blues. The final image is a fan­tasy of Elvis with his guitar down on his luck at the end of Lonely Street.

If you can’t find a copy of Elvis Is King at a local store, you can pur­chase one HERE.

I was looking for im­ages for some­thing else en­tirely when I stum­bled over ELVIS IS KING, an il­lus­trated chil­dren’s book from Red Nose Studio. Share on X

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FEA­TURED IMAGE: The image at the top of this page is a photo of pup­pets of Elvis and his band on stage in 1955 or ’56. They are car­i­ca­tures of Scotty Moore (guitar), D.J. Fontana (drums), Elvis, and Bill Black (bass). The blur­ring around Elvis is in­ten­tional and meant to rep­re­sent his body in mo­tion, which legend has it was its normal state while per­forming. Sickel uses “lo-tech” ma­te­rial for his projects (“Hoping kids see that you can build with anything”).


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NON-FEATURED IMAGE: The photo above is a set con­sisting of two of the pup­pets with a flat. stand-up of the Lansky Brothers clothing store as a back­drop. No­tice the other pup­pets from other projects sit­ting on the shelves be­hind the dis­play. This photo can be found on “Orig­inal Art Ex­hibit at So­ciety of Il­lus­tra­tors,” an ex­hibit of work by Chris Sickel and was held No­vember 13, 2019, to Jan­uary 4, 2020, in New York City.



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