Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 3
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 has written over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and young-adult readers, including many award winners. Her recent titles for Annick Press include Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature (2016), DNA Detective (2015), and When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival (2014). Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.
Clayton Hanmer is an illustrator whose crude, energetic comic style has given him a surprisingly broad range of clients from The Globe and Mail to Owl Magazine. He is also the illustrator of The Secret Life of Money by Kira Vermond (Owlkids Books, 2012) and Not Your Typical Book about the Environment by Elin Kelsey (Owlkids Books, 2010). He lives in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
- Short-listed, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
“... will be a surefire hit for libraries looking to add attention-grabbing nonfiction to their collections.”
School Library Journal, 02/12
Other titles by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Based on the true story of a fearless ninja and her network of female spies
Prince of Pot
Eyes and Spies
How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know
When the Worst Happens
Extraordinary Stories of Survival
50 Body Questions
A Book That Spills Its Guts
Anywhere but Here
La otra vida de Caz
(My Time as Caz Hazard)
50 Underwear Questions
A Bare-All History