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Lowdown on Denim

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer

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publisher: Annick Press
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In The Lowdown on Denim, narrators JD and Shred take readers on a trip through the history of jeans, demonstrating that, whatever their style, jeans have always driven and reflected popular culture. They use their interest in denim to escort readers from wartime to the rodeo circuit and from environmental concerns to the rock and roll stage.

When blue jeans were invented in the 1870s, they were utilitarian — baggy, only a single pocket and held up with suspenders.

In the 1960s, they were bell-bottomed and embroidered, symbolizing the rebellion of the Woodstock era. Punks in the ’70s held them together with safety pins, while ’80s metal bands wore theirs acid-washed. Then the low-riding style worn by prisoners inspired ’90s hip-hop fashion. Today, denim can be as personalized as an iPod playlist.

With humorous comic-style illustrations throughout, this fun, fascinating social history will make readers think each time they pull on their jeans.

About the Authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Clayton Hanmer

CLAYTON HANMER is an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist. He writes and illustrates "CTON's Corner," a popular monthly feature in OWL Magazine. The winner of many industry awards, his work appears in such diverse publications as National Geographic Kids, The Walrus, and the New York Times. He lives in Toronto.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
3 to 12
Editorial Reviews

“... will be a surefire hit for libraries looking to add attention-grabbing nonfiction to their collections.”—School Library Journal, 02/12


“... a detailed, readable, engaging commodity history. It will draw in pre-teen and early teen readers, and could serve as a great launching point for a variety of classroom discussions and projects.”—The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 04/12


“This cleverly designed book engages the tween to adult market with fun facts, catchy titles, witty responses and action-packed comic strips ...”—Resource Links, 12/11


“… the author uses jeans as the focus for a historical journey that tells the story of denim over the years since it was first made in the 1860s. It is quite the amazing trek …”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/13/12


“… an intriguing insight …”—booklistonline.com, 12/08/11


“... a thorough, well researched, chronological history of denim jeans.”—CM Reviews, 01/12

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The Lowdown on Denim

This book takes readers on a trip through the history of jeans, demonstrating that, whatever their style, jeans have always driven and reflected popular culture. From Levi Strauss in the Gold Rush days through to today where we have a huge selection of jeans to choose from, the story of how jeans have evolved is a fascinating one. This is a fresh and interesting reformatting of the 2005 award-winning The Blue Jean Book.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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