by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015
2016 Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner
A great celebration of a great musician, written by the musician! Trombone Shorty played music way before he had an instrument. When he found an old beat-up trombone, twice the size of him, he played it everywhere he went. Raised in New Orleans, he was born to play music. While in the audience of a Bo Didley concert, he started playing his trombone. The show stopped. Bo asked who was playing the trombone. He was so short, his mother had to raise him up so Bo could see him. Trombone Shorty was passed up to the stage and played with Bo Didley at a young age. Soon after he formed his first band, The 5 O’Clock Band, as that’s when the practiced after they completed their homework.
Readers can feel the joy of music, the love of rhythms, and the passion Trombone Shorty has for his music. Bryan Collier’s illustrations further enhance the story bringing color and passion to each page. A wonderful introduction to music, the Mardi-Gras, and following your passion. An afterward includes more details of the musician’s life