- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Published: 4/15/14
- IBSN: 9781617753107
- e-IBSN: 9781617753404
- Genre: Art/Music/Pop Culture
Bob Marley’s first and most famous son, Ziggy, extends his devotion to youth with his debut children’s book.
“Ziggy Marley in Concert” was awarded a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album!
“A sweetly affectionate ode to togetherness and love.”
“Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley’s 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other’s company indoors and out . . . The art will draw and hold young children’s attention.”
“Sure to be a hit at bedtime, the lyrical story conveys the sweet, soothing, and affirming message.”
—School Library Journal
“The emphasis of this book is that love has no boundaries.”
—New York Journal of Books
“This looks to be on our home charts for weeks, months, maybe even years.”
“An inspiring storybook edition of the lyrics of famous reggae performer Ziggy Marley . . . song lyrics are surrounded and set in warm, vivid illustrations of children of many hues, laughing and playing with loving parents and grandparents in a healthy, light, balanced natural world.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Orly Marley, 42, adores the tale husband Ziggy wrote for daughter Judah, 9.”
—Us Weekly, “Objects of Affection” mention
“The illustrations are simply stunning . . . But even more than the gorgeous illustrations is the wonderful message that this book conveys—that families and friends will always love each other.”
—The Mama Games
Released simultaneously with Ziggy Marley’s new album, Fly Rasta.
A debut children’s book by reggae icon Ziggy Marley with illustrations by Ag Jatkowska.
A beautifully illustrated, multicultural children’s picture book based on one of Ziggy Marley’s most beloved songs, “I Love You Too.” The book explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature, and the unstoppable force of love. This is Ziggy’s first book, though his foray into children’s music is extensive and very well known. He is the singer of “Believe in Yourself,” the popular theme song of the hit TV show, Arthur.
From the introduction by Ziggy Marley:
“One day I was in my kitchen making breakfast with my then three-year-old daughter Judah. She looked at me and said, ‘I love you.’ I spontaneously replied to her, ‘I love you too.’ From that came the song and now the book based on the lyrics. I hope you share and enjoy this with your loved ones as I have with mine. I love you too.”
*A coproduction of Akashic Books and Tuff Gong Worldwide
Watch Ziggy Marley’s guest appearances on Conan, Late Show with David Letterman, The Queen Latifah Show, Access Hollywood, VH1 Morning Buzz, and The Tavis Smiley Show. Listen to an interview with Ziggy Marley on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show.
To read an interview with Ziggy Marley at the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog, please click here.
Click here to read a feature on I Love You Too at Caribbean Life News.
Check out this interview with Ziggy Marley at NPR’s Here & Now.
A seven-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter, and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, the group released eight albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as “Look Who’s Dancing,” “Tomorrow People,” and “Tumbling Down.” Ziggy’s first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Reggae Album. His third solo album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a fifth Grammy award for Best Children’s Album. In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Wild and Free, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as his first ever graphic novel entitled Marijuanaman. Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hempseed snacks, was started in 2012. The products are distributed throughout the US and are available in over 1,000 stores nationwide. His 2012 live album, Ziggy Marley In Concert, earned him his sixth Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. Ziggy also recently released his debut children’s book I Love You Too, a coproduction of Akashic Books and Tuff Gong Worldwide. The multicultural picture book is based on one of Ziggy’s most beloved songs of the same title from his Grammy Award–winning album Family Time, which explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature, and the unstoppable force of love. Ziggy’s fifth studio album, Fly Rasta, was released in April 2014 to mass critical acclaim and gave Ziggy his seventh Grammy win for Best Reggae Album in February 2015. His latest book is the Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook.