cover image The 5 O’Clock Band

The 5 O’Clock Band

Troy Andrews, illus. by Bryan Collier. Abrams, , $17.99 ISBN )978-1-4197-2836-5

In this companion to Trombone Shorty, musician Trombone Shorty returns to his childhood in New Orleans. After forgetting rehearsal with the 5 O’Clock Band (so named because of their starting time), Shorty believes he isn’t responsible enough to be a bandleader. Walking with his trombone through his neighborhood, Shorty meets friends who offer advice, kindness, and inspiration. Musician Tuba Tremé says: “If you understand tradition and you keep it alive, you will be a great bandleader.” Lola, known as “the Creole Queen” for her legendary cooking, teaches him that loving what you do is all that matters. Shorty voices his thoughts in a manner that can feel inauthentic: “I promise I’ll never let you down again,” Shorty tells his bandmates. “But I learned that we have all the ingredients we need for success.” The author’s affection for New Orleans flows through his writing, and Collier’s collage-filled, textural paintings capture the rhythm and spirit of the city. Ages 4–8. [em](June) [/em]