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Bruno Mars: Pop Singer and Producer
Contributor(s): Higgins, Nadia (Author)

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ISBN: 0761341447     ISBN-13: 9780761341444
Publisher: Lerner Publications (Tm)
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Binding Type: Library Binding - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2012


You may know that Bruno Mars is an unbelievably talented pop singer and producer. But did you know that Bruno:
• was known for his epic Elvis impersonations when he was a kid?
• learned to play drums, piano, and guitar without ever taking lessons?
• is super close to his mom and used some of his fortune to buy her a house?

Want to know more about the life of this talented celebrity? Read on to learn all about Bruno's childhood, personality, parents and siblings, past projects, personal struggles, and more!

Click for more in this series: Pop Culture BIOS
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - General
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2012006518
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Pop Culture BIOS
Physical Information: 0.3" H x 7.2" W x 9.1" (0.55 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 152730
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Higgins, Nadia: -

Nadia Higgins is the author of 50-plus books for the school library market. She also worked as an editor in the industry for almost ten years. Many of her books have a science bent, though she's also written about pop stars, car art, and zombies. Nadia lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two young daughters.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
These middle-grade biographies provide easy-to-read overviews but little new insight on their pop-singer subjects. The icons' childhood roots, roads to stardom, and current career details are all addressed, while sidebars contain extra facts and definitions ([cf2]demo[cf1]; [cf2]screen test[cf1]). The gushing slang ("fav"; "adorbs") grows tiresome, though some tweens may disagree; the abundant photos will likely be pored over. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these Pop Culture Bios: Super Singers titles: [cf2]Bruno Mars[cf1], [cf2]Justin Bieber[cf1], [cf2]Katy Perry[cf1], [cf2]Beyonci[cf1], [cf2]One Direction[cf1], [cf2]Selena Gomez[cf1], and [cf2]Taylor Swift[cf1].]

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 November)

Gr 4–6—These crowd-pleasing titles will fly off the shelves. Written in shorts chapters and sentences, with easy font size, and filled with well-captioned, eye-popping photographs, they will draw in readers. Each title has a pleasing layout, trivia boxes, and sidebars of additional information, including definitions of more complex terms. Stars' quotes are in bold type and easily identifiable. Each book begins with an introduction, followed by sections on childhood, early career years, and current stardom and the qualities that make each individual unique, and concludes with more photos. The authors point out their subjects' artistic accomplishments as well as any social contributions they offer, but they also relay information about controversial aspects of their lives. The writing style is engaging throughout. At times, the slang is a bit jarring (e.g., the word "sucktastic" is used to describe Katy Perry's office job in a music company) and will date the books at some point.

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