Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Octavia Bromell)
Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Date of Publication: December 8th 2020
Rating: 5 stars
‘’We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.’’
Liverpool, October 9th 1940. A boy is born as the world is thrown into the darkest pit of History. The Nazis are violating every corner of the planet and war has never shown an uglier, terrorizing face. But the boy of our story, John, will have nothing to do with war when he grows up, John will only sing for peace and unity. For understanding, hope and togetherness.
Along with Paul, George, and Ringo, John will initiate a revolution that will not be restricted to innovative sound and lyrics. They four Liverpudlians spread their wings and gave voice to the youth that craved to break the mould, to seek liberations from ages-old stereotypes and prejudices, and orders and empty papers.
When the time came for John, Paul, George and Ringo to follow separate paths, John spoke against the madness of the Vietnam War, one more page of shame in World History. He sang for freedom and peace, the peace we need to find within ourselves, the peace we need to share with each other. Some decided to cut him down, they decided he talked too much, he was a threat. But they failed. John became much more than a great musician. He became a legend, a symbol. He became one of those ‘’troublemakers’’ the world will always need…
‘’Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.’’
Many thanks to Francis Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.