Influenced by Elvis, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and other folk singers, they produced their number-one hit “The Sound of Silence” after the assassination of JFK; the song broke all records, outselling even the Beatles. Neri conveys the spirit of those times through a text compiled from interviews with the two singers and other sources…Appealing, digitally created full-bleed illustrations capture in detail city streets, the two young boys, their later stardom, and their famous 1981 concert in Central Park.
When Paul Met Artie is a colorful, factual, enjoyable account of two lives and how they intertwined to become the voices of a generation.
—New York Journal of Books
The book’s heavy retro vibe is reinforced by plenty of visual motifs—faded floral-print wallpaper, a reel-to-reel tape recorder, Paul and Artie in their iconic turtlenecks—that leave the reader feelin’ groovy.
—The Horn Book
Neri tells the endearing story of the sometimes rocky partnership between folk rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, beginning as children in Queens. Vignettes detail formative events in the boys’ lives, the words displayed on the pages like song lyrics and paired with song titles…Neri gently underscores how, while Simon and Garfunkel found lasting fame, they began as friends who loved singing together.
This nostalgia-tinged biography of folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel opens with the pair’s legendary 1981 concert in New York’s Central Park, then quickly shifts settings to Queens, three decades earlier…A charming addition to poetry or biography collections.
—School Library Journal