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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Rolling Stones guitarist's warm, inspiring childhood memoir.

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GUS & ME is a wonderful slice of memoir that reads like a good picture-book story. It features indelible characters, an intimate portrait of a close, meaningful granddad-grandson relationship, and expressive pen-and-ink-and-watercolor drawings by Keith Richards' daughter, Theodora Richards. It's sweet and poignant without being treacly, and the writing is excellent, capturing the deep emotions Keith felt as a little kid in passages such as this: "There was nothing like visiting Gus. The closer to his house I'd get, the bigger my smile would grow. By the time I landed on his doorstep, I was all teeth."

Gus & Me would make a great read for kids and grandparents to share. And for parents reading it aloud, it might trigger some memories they can share about specific ways they were influenced by their grandparents.

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