We applaud this talented husband-and-wife team--award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney and writer Andrea Pinkney--for making music fly in this fantastic tribute to a jazz legend. Andrea does an extraordinary job of translating music into words, with blues "deeper than the deep blue sea" and "hot-buttered bob, with lots of sassy-cool tones," while her husband visually interprets the movement of music as spirals, waves, and swirls of color, prepared as scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, gouache, and oil paint. Andrea writes, "Toby let loose on his sleek brass sax, curling his notes like a kite tail in the wind. A musical loop-de-loop, with a serious twist," while Brian paints those curling notes, the loop-de-loops, and the kite sailing up to the New York City skyline. Young readers will enjoy the rhythm and beauty of the story itself, and may even be inspired to give Raffi a rest and swing with the Duke! (Great read-aloud, ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson, Amazon.com Kids editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I am an elementary school music teacher & I ordered this book for my classroom.
Being a relatively new reader of children's books, I tend to go about my systematic reading of all good picture books out there in a backwards manner.
Andrea Davis Pinkney's text is well complemented by the rich, colorful illustrations by her husband and collaborator, Brian Pinkney.
My four year old loves music and I’m starting to teach him to play piano, so this book was a natural fit. Read morePublished 13 days ago by J. Poe
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First I'd like to point out what a fine-looking couple the author and illustrator are! Read more
This book is a triumph! A wonderful choice to read aloud with your kids. The language just rolls along, and the pacing and tempo of the words almost sounds like music. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Heiss
My nine year old son came home from school wanting this book after hearing it read to him in class. The paperback book had a nice shiny cover and was a good sized book. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by MyViews
Duke Ellington: the Piano Prince and His Orchestra is a brief biography of Duke Ellington, the great jazz pianist and orchestra leader. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Gypsi Phillips Bates
I am an elementary school music teacher & I ordered this book for my classroom. When I read through it upon receiving my order I was immediately impressed! Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by musicteacher
If the brilliant colors and impressive images don't catch your attention, then the amazingly written story of Edward Kennedy Ellington will. Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Amanda Say
As an elementary school library specialist, this is my all time favorite read aloud. I utilized music/sound files on the web to have the King of the Keys himself accompany his... Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by violet hues