Author: Andrews, Troy
A picture book autobiography by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, who hails from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans' 6th Ward. By the time he reached six, this prodigy was playing trumpet and trombone in a jazz band led by his older brother.
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Reading Level: 4.20
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Reading Level: 5.50
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Caldecott Honor, 2016
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2016
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/15)
School Library Journal (04/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/15)
The Hornbook (00/05/15)
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Booklist - 03/15/2015 In this contemporary autobiography, Andrews pays tribute to the New Orleans neighborhood of Tremé and the culture and community that propelled him into becoming the Grammy Award–nominated musician he is today. Like other stories of artistic achievement, this is one of determination and passion. Young Troy, nicknamed Trombone Shorty by his brother, forms a band with his friends using homemade instruments, until one day Troy finds a real trombone to call his own. But this story breaks from the motif of individualism to recognize that family, community, mentors, and friends are always part of life’s journey. It reminds young readers—particularly boys of color—that they can follow their dreams and lean on people who will nurture and guide them. Andrews’ journey is perfectly complemented by Collier’s illustrations. Sharp panels of color and image, perspective that dips and soars, and layers of mixed-media collage unite to feel like renditions of brass band music itself. The author’s note fills in the gaps in the story and reaffirms the importance of people and place. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Trombone Shorty Foundation. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 Gr 1–4—"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 - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 06/01/2015 New Orleans musician and band leader Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews recalls for young listeners how he got hooked on music. First, he made his own instruments to emulate the local jazz players who paraded through his neighborhood, Tremé; later, he scored his own battered, secondhand trombone and learned from other musicians, including his older brother, who generously mentored him. His aspirations began at such an early age (thus, his nickname) that he sometimes “fell right over to the ground because [the trombone] was so heavy.” Never parted from his instrument, he carried his trombone along to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where his playing earned him an invitation from Bo Diddley himself to join him on stage. The storytelling is imbued with a touch of storybook glamour and generous humor, with the gleeful repetition of Andrews’ catchphrase, “Where y’at?” Collier’s vibrant mixed-media illustrations ably complement the text with a skillful melding of paint and photo collage that underscore the “gumbo” of street sounds and musical styles that influence Andrews’ works. In closing notes Andrews discusses his love of music and his commitment to New Orleans musical preservation, and Collier comments on the imagery within his illustrations. The audience, however, will be most interested in the trio of photographs, two of which feature a very young Shorty, handling an instrument his own size, and the final a portrait of the impressive man he has become. EB - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.