Django

by Bonnie Christensen

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Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perserverance he was soon setting the world's concert stages ablaze.
 
Bonnie Christensen's gorgeous oil paintings and jazzy, syncopated text perfectly depict the man and his music.

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“Christensen supports the inspirational story with rich, vibrant paintings that capture the texture and tone of the landscapes in Django’s life: burnt oranges and various shades of brown bring the Gypsy campfires to vivid life, while bright blues shimmering under the sharp yellows of stage footlights depict the electricity of the guitarist in performance.” —Starred, Booklist

Christensen completes the tale of the guitarist’s success with an author’s note, a brief paragraph on the Roma people, and a bibliography/discography. She includes enough detail to give perspective, but it is her lush paintings that so effectively give life to the man’s effervescent charm and determined courage.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“A sensuous tribute to an illustrious musician.”—Publishers Weekly

"Christensen casts her narration in thrumming free verse….Loosely sketched line drawing is densely filled with jewel-toned hues, and the…scenes of Roma and Parisian life will tickly young viewers’ imaginations. This rags-to-riches true story should have broad appeal beyond budding jazz enthusiasists…” -- BCCB

“Christensen offers a lyrical, lovely picture book biography of the early life of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth on Jan. 23, 1910. It’s a fascinating story…. Christensen’s lush oil paintings and rhythmic text conjure up the magic of the amazing story of Django.” -- The Buffalo News


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by Bonnie Christensen

BONNIE CHRISTENSEN is the author/illustrator of WOODY GUTHRIE: POET OF THE PEOPLE among many other books. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina and was born on the same day as Django -- different years of course.

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Hardcover

Hardcover
Square Fish
September 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596434226
ISBN10: 1596434228
Picture Book Nonfiction
10 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 9
Grade Range: k to 4 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 700L
AR Quiz Number: 88665
AR Book Level: 2.6
AR Points: 0.5

$17.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
February 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781596436961
ISBN10: 1596436964
Picture Book Nonfiction
10 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 5 to 9
Grade Range: k to 4
$8.99

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Square Fish
February 2011
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466827943
ISBN10: 1466827947
eBook Picture Book - Amazon32 pages
Age Range: 5 to 9
Grade Range: k to 4
$6.41
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