Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist

Bonnie Christensen, Author . Roaring Brook/Flash Point/Porter $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59643-422-6

Richly expressive paint and ink illustrations portray the hard-earned successes of Django Reinhardt, whose childhood was spent traveling with his impoverished gypsy family, where music was a constant and illuminating presence: “Music... sighing/ weeping singing/ laughing breathing/ reeling spinning.” Christensen’s soft, rhythmic prose echoes her evocative images as Django explores the music scene of 1920s Paris, before suffering serious burns on his hands and leg when his wagon catches fire. Despite his injuries, Reinhardt teaches himself to play again, his career “just beginning/ Bright and brilliant stages waiting.” A sensuous tribute to an illustrious musician. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/10/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
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