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pop culture_anderson_miley cyrusAnderson, Jennifer Joline  Miley Cyrus: Pop Princess
Middle school, high school
     112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Library

Burling, Alexis  Pharrell Williams: Grammy-Winning Singer, Songwriter & Producer
Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library

Lusted, Marcia Amidon  Blake Shelton: Country Singer & TV Personality
Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library

Contemporary Lives series. Generously illustrated with stock photos, these serviceable biographies chronicle the personal and professional lives of the celebrity entertainers, including awards, hit songs and albums, and charitable work. Miley (dryly) discusses the controversy surrounding the performer; fans may also be surprised to learn the extent of Williams’s career as a producer. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Cyrus, Miley; Singers; Women—Singers; Women—Biographies; Music—Pop music; Actors; Women—Actors; Music—Rap music; African Americans; Television personalities; Musicians; Williams, Pharrell; Shelton, Blake; Music—Country music

pop culture_bodden_kristen stewartBodden, Valerie  Kristen Stewart
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  One Direction
Gr. K–3      24 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  Selena Gomez
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  Taylor Lautner
Gr. K–3      24 pp.    Creative Education

Big Time series. Young celebrities are presented to younger readers in these brief, templated profiles. The basic information includes when and where the stars were born; how they got started in entertainment; hobbies; and current work (though One Direction was written before Zayn’s departure). Each volume concludes with quotes from the subject. The high-quality, full-page photos will appeal to fans. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Stewart, Kristen; Actors; Women—Actors; Women—Biographies; Gomez, Selena; Singers; Women—Singers; One Direction (Band); Bands; Music—Pop music; Lautner, Taylor

pop culture_donovan_movies and tv top tensDonovan, Sandy  Movies and TV Top Tens
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.    Lerner

Donovan, Sandy  Music and Theater Top Tens
Gr. 4–6      32 pp.   Lerner

Entertainment’s Top 10 series. Each book features five annotated top-ten lists that rank aspects of pop music, TV, films, and theater. Accompanied by colorful photos, each entry includes a brief paragraph with some contextual information. The books (somewhat randomly organized) conclude by encouraging readers to research and create their own top-ten lists, suggesting alternative topics. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Performing Arts; Entertainers; Motion pictures; Television; Actors; Theater; Musicians; Music; New York (NY); Entertainers

pop culture_kallen_k-popKallen, Stuart A. K-Pop: Korea’s Musical Explosion
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.    Twenty-First Century

Kallen explains that South Korean K-Pop is not just Psy’s “Gangnam Style”: “K-Pop artists have been performing and recording…since the 1990s.” The book then chronologically describes the artists (and record labels) that made K-Pop successful. It’s a comprehensive introduction to the genre, accompanied by well-chosen stock photos and sidebars; a playlist of recommended songs concludes each chapter. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Music; Music—Pop music; Korea, South

beatlesKrull, Kathleen and Brewer, Paul The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Harcourt

Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. Krull and Brewer tell the story not just of international superstars but of friends who made one another laugh. Drawn with exaggerated features, the lads are all legs, ample noses, and bowl-cut hair in the pictures. Youngsters wondering why the band is still beloved by their parents and grandparents will understand after reading the humorous anecdotes and then downloading some classic tunes. Timeline. Bib.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Music—Rock music; Bands; Musicians; Beatles; Humorous stories; Friendship

From the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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