Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 3 - 7Grades 2 - 5O4.27263
Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for the latest title in the Who Wasa]? series! The King could not have come from humbler origins: Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, during the Depression, he grew up with the blues music of the rural South, the gospel music of local churches, and the country-western classics. But he forged a sound all his ownaand a look that was all his own, too. With curled lip, swiveling hips, and greased pompadour, Elvis changed popular music forever, ushering in the age of rock and roll. Geoff Edgersas fascinating biography of this icon of American pop culture includes blackand- white illustrations on nearly every spread.
Library Binding, 105 pages
Published on August 16, 2007 by Perfection Learning
ISBN-10: 0756981646
ISBN-13: 9780756981648
9 Book Reviews
Add a Rating
  • mhkgc235
    mhkgc235Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:57 pm
    Have not read it but I really want to get it because I love his music.
    • lunalovegood8
      lunalovegood8Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 2:48 pm55 stars
      This was a good book! I loved reading about how Elvis became a famous singer, and I learned a lot about him. The illustrations and details are great! Now I know that “Heartbreak Hotel” was the first song he recorded!!
      • lunalovegood8
        lunalovegood8Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:25 am55 stars
        This was a good book! I really enjoyed reading about Elvis Presley, and how he became a famous singer during the 1950s! This book had many interesting facts that I never knew! Now I know that the first song he recorded was “Heartbreak Hotel!!!” I love The Who Was series!
        • galaxy_fox12
          galaxy_fox12Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7:12 pm
          I heard about him because last semesters, my teacher was telling my classmates and I about him and how he became a singer. I wish I could time travel because I really want to learn more about him.
          • amur
            amurWednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm
            I love his music!!!!!
            • cat27282
              cat27282Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm55 stars
              I cant wait
              • Lax QueenThursday, March 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm
                Love,love,love,love! great book!
                • 20tkustwan
                  20tkustwanTuesday, December 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm
                  I loved this book! It is about the famous singer that lived in the 1900's... ELVIS PRESLEY! It was really cool for me to learn about someone I didn't know a lot about. At Elvis's concerts, some kids liked his outfits so much they wanted to dress like him. But their parents said no because they were not appropriate. His life was said because he was born in the Great Depression. His life was said because his family was really poor. I would recommend the Who Was? Books
                  • 20tkustwan
                    20tkustwanTuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm
                    I loved this book! It was about the famous singer in the 1900's... ELVIS PRESLEY! It was really cool for me to learn something about a singer I knew nothing about. Then I realized that Elvis's history was really cool. At Elvis's concerts, some of the kids thought his outfits were really cool so they wanted to dress like them but their parents wouldn't let them because they thought the outfits were not appropriate. He was also born in the Great Depression. The Great Depression was really sad and his life was sad because his family was poor. I would recommend all of the Who Was? Books.

                    Who Was? Books

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Ben Franklin? GB
                      By Dennis Brindell Fradin
                      4.8
                      5 ratings5 reviews

                      A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, scientist, and statesman who ...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Albert Einstein? GB
                      By Jess Brallier
                      4.71
                      7 ratings11 reviews

                      Black-and-white illustrations on every spread and a lower reading level than other biographies in...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Annie Oakley? GB
                      By Stephanie Spinner
                      5.0
                      1 ratings2 reviews

                      Annie Oakley was the original power girl in an age when most women stayed home. During the late 1...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Harry Houdini?
                      By Tui Sutherland
                      4.6
                      5 ratings6 reviews

                      Every kid has heard of Harry Houdini, the famous magician who could escape from handcuffs, jail c...

                    • thumb
                      Who Is Maria Tallchief? (GB) (Who Was...?)
                      By Catherine Gourley
                      5.0
                      1 ratings4 reviews

                      Born in 1925, Maria Tallchief spent part of her childhood on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma. Wi...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Amelia Earhart? (GB)
                      By Kate Boehm Jerome
                      4.55
                      11 ratings8 reviews

                      Amelia Earhart was a woman of many "firsts." In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo acro...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Harriet Tubman?
                      By Yona Zeldis McDonough
                      5.0
                      7 ratings10 reviews

                      A biography of the ninteenth-century woman who escaped slavery and helped many other slaves get t...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Helen Keller?
                      By Gare Thompson
                      4.83
                      7 ratings10 reviews

                      At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and ...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?
                      By S. A. Kramer
                      5.0
                      1 ratings1 reviews

                      When Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get t...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt
                      By Gare Thompson
                      5.0
                      1 ratings3 reviews

                      For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until...

                    • thumb
                      UC Who Was Charles Darwin? (HC): Who Was...?
                      By Deborah Hopkinson
                      4.0
                      1 ratings0 reviews

                      As a young boy, Charles Darwin hated school and was often scolded forconducting “useless” experim...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Abraham Lincoln?
                      By Janet Pascal
                      4.82
                      11 ratings15 reviews

                      Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age—literally! (He was six feet four...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was George Washington?
                      By Roberta Edwards
                      4.33
                      6 ratings5 reviews

                      In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called th...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Neil Armstrong?
                      By Roberta Edwards
                      4.57
                      7 ratings9 reviews

                      On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million peop...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Claude Monet?
                      By Ann Waldron
                      0 ratings0 reviews

                      Claude Monet is considered one of the most influential artists of all time. He is a founder of th...

                    • thumb
                      Who Is Barack Obama? (Who Was?)
                      By Roberta Edwards
                      4.0
                      10 ratings14 reviews

                      As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African-American president. Wi...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?
                      By Margaret Frith
                      5.0
                      2 ratings3 reviews

                      Although polio left him wheelchair bound, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office during the Great ...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Dr. Seuss?
                      By Janet Pascal
                      4.45
                      11 ratings17 reviews

                      Ted Geisel loved to doodle from the time he was a kid. He had an offbeat, fun-loving personality....

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Babe Ruth?
                      By Joan Holub
                      4.6
                      5 ratings6 reviews

                      Just in time for baseball season! Babe Ruth came from a poor Baltimore family and, as a kid, he ...

                    • thumb
                      Who is J.K. Rowling?
                      By Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso
                      4.84
                      19 ratings49 reviews

                      Everyone loves Harry Potter. Now kids can learn about Harry's creator! In 1995, on a four-hour-de...

                    • thumb
                      Who Is Jane Goodall? (Who Was?)
                      By Roberta Edwards
                      4.83
                      6 ratings16 reviews

                      A life in the wild! Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to stu...

                    • thumb
                      Who Is Bill Gates? (Who Was?)
                      By Patricia Brennan Demuth
                      3.5
                      4 ratings7 reviews

                      Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955, is an American business magnate, investor, phi...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Daniel Boone?
                      By Sydelle Kramer
                      4.0
                      1 ratings2 reviews

                      A look at the life and accomplishments of the famous pioneer, Daniel Boone.

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Elvis Presley?
                      By Geoff Edgers
                      5.0
                      4 ratings7 reviews

                      Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for the latest title in the Who Wasa]? series! The Kin...

                    • thumb
                      Who Was Anne Frank?
                      By Ann Abramson
                      4.59
                      17 ratings20 reviews

                      In her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. Bu...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Sacagawea?
                        By Judith Bloom Fradin, Dennis Brindell Fradin
                        4.67
                        3 ratings6 reviews

                        Sacagawea was only sixteen when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history,...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? (GB)
                        By Yona Zeldis McDonough
                        4.5
                        2 ratings1 reviews

                        Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, whe...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
                        By Dennis Brindell Fradin
                        0 ratings0 reviews

                        Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Indepen...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Ronald Reagan?
                        By Joyce Milton
                        5.0
                        2 ratings10 reviews

                        From his childhood in rural Illinois to moviemaking days in Hollywood and on to a career in polit...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Mark Twain?
                        By April Jones Prince
                        3.0
                        1 ratings5 reviews

                        A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Louis Armstrong?
                        By Yona Zeldis McDonough
                        0 ratings0 reviews

                        If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was John F. Kennedy?: Who Was...?
                        By Yona Zeldis McDonough
                        4.33
                        6 ratings7 reviews

                        The man who saved the lives of his PT-109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fough...

                      • thumb
                        UC Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?
                        By Roberta Edwards
                        5.0
                        3 ratings5 reviews

                        Presents the life and accomplishments of the famous artist, scientist, engineer, and inventor.

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Queen Elizabeth?
                        By June Eding
                        4.89
                        9 ratings14 reviews

                        Our bestselling series is fit for a queen! The life of Queen Elizabeth I was dramatic and dangero...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Pablo Picasso?
                        By True Kelley
                        0 ratings0 reviews

                        Over a long, turbulent life, Picasso continually discovered new ways of seeing the world and tran...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Walt Disney?
                        By Whitney Stewart
                        4.59
                        17 ratings20 reviews

                        Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. Often it got him into trouble. Once he painted pict...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Jim Henson?
                        By Joan Holub
                        5.0
                        1 ratings3 reviews

                        Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman ...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Rosa Parks?
                        By Yona Zeldis McDonough
                        5.0
                        3 ratings11 reviews

                        In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Thi...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Jackie Robinson?
                        By Gail Herman
                        5.0
                        7 ratings6 reviews

                        As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, an...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Paul Revere?
                        By Roberta Edwards
                        4.0
                        1 ratings0 reviews

                        In 1775, Paul Revere of Boston made his now-famous horseback ride warning colonists of an impendi...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Roald Dahl?
                        By True Kelley
                        4.67
                        3 ratings3 reviews

                        Just in time for Roahl Dahl Month! Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children's book authors e...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Steve Jobs?
                        By Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso
                        4.5
                        8 ratings10 reviews

                        Steve Jobs, adopted in infancy by a family in San Francisco, packed a lot of life into fifty-six ...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Maurice Sendak?
                        By Janet Pascal
                        5.0
                        1 ratings0 reviews

                        It seems entirely fitting that Maurice Sendak was born on the same day that Mickey Mouse first ma...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
                        By Bonnie Bader
                        4.67
                        6 ratings11 reviews

                        Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and wa...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Johnny Appleseed?
                        By Joan Holub
                        5.0
                        2 ratings0 reviews

                        Learn about the real man behind the legend.

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?
                        By Margaret Frith
                        4.0
                        3 ratings6 reviews

                        This accessible, appealing biography shines the light on Thomas Edison, the inventor of the elect...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was William Shakespeare?
                        By Celeste Davidson Mannis
                        0 ratings1 reviews

                        "Find out more about the real William Shakespeare in this fun and exciting illustrated biography!...

                      • thumb
                        Who Were the Beatles? (Who Was...?)
                        By Geoff Edgers
                        4.5
                        6 ratings10 reviews

                        "A biography of the Beatles, the world's most famous rock band"--Provided by publisher.

                      • thumb
                        Who Was King Tut?
                        By Roberta Edwards
                        5.0
                        3 ratings6 reviews

                        Explains the life and times of the Egyptian ruler King Tut, covering the story of the tomb's disc...

                      • thumb
                        Who Was Marco Polo?
                        By Joan Holub
                        0 ratings2 reviews

                        Marco Polo was seventeen when he set out for China . . . and forty-one when he came back! More th...