by Levi Pinfold
This book, based on the story of legendary jazz musician Django Reinhardt, is illustrated in a detailed and painterly style, evoking the Romany gypsy traveller lifestyle that the young Django (Jean) lived as a child, with old fashioned caravans and scenes round the camp fire.
The boy Jean is taken over by ‘the Django’, who has a life of his own, makes Jean play and then damage his father’s banjo and generally causes trouble. But Jean’s father realising his son must have musical talents buys him his own banjo.
The Django eventually disappears to leave Jean to develop his musical talents on his own – but with a suggestion that he may be hiding somewhere in the background whenever music is being played, dancing and singing along with Jean.
This insight into what makes a musical genius is a beautiful and fascinating read.
What you thought
I am a grandmother, and I loved this book. The story is gently humorous, and the pictures are so absorbing. I have read it with children from 2 to 8 years, and they most of all like looking into the pictures and telling their own stories.