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- Age Range: 4 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool – 3
- Lexile Measure: 840
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419714651
- ISBN-13: 978-1419714658
EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
“Where y’at?” Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, opens his book with this phrase, letting readers know that it’s New Orleans parlance for hello. In this stunning picture book autobiography, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Andrews shares the story of his early years growing up in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. Andrews desperately wished to emulate the musicians in his family and those he saw performing all over his city, so he and his friends made their own instruments out of found materials, played in the streets, and marched with bands. When one day he found a battered, discarded trombone bigger than he was, Andrews finally had a real instrument to play, and he practiced day and night, acquiring the nickname Trombone Shorty from his older brother. The moment Bo Diddley pulled Andrews on stage to play with him during the New Orleans jazz festival was a turning point, and he hasn’t stopped performing since. Collier’s beautiful watercolor, pen-and-ink, and collage artwork picks up the rhythm and pace of Andrew’s storytelling, creating an accompaniment full of motion and color. Each spread offers a visual panoply of texture, perspective, and angles, highlighting the people and the instruments. Andrews’s career is still on the rise, his music gaining an ever wider audience, and this title will be an inspiration to many. VERDICT Coupled with a selection of Trombone Shorty’s music, this work will make for fun and thoughtful story sharing. A must-have.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Rationale for Inclusion:
This beautifully illustrated book makes the reader experience the sights, sounds, and cadence of New Orleans. An excellent addition to any library, Trombone Shorty will delight audiences young and old.
Big time bonus: Hear Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, play here!