Synopses & Reviews
Despite impoverished beginnings music and a prevailing joie de vivre carried young Louis Armstrong from the streets of New Orleans to the stages of New York City Hollywood and Europe. The Ransomes swiftly trace Armstrong’s musical development acquiring his first “pawnshop cornet” and apprenticing with mentor Joe Oliver; an unwelcome stint at the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys provided additional training. Quotations from Armstrong float across the pages (“When I pick up that horn that’s all. The world’s behind me and I don’t concentrate. On nothing but it. I love them notes”) as Ransome’s fluid watercolors bring to life both the New Orleans neighborhood Armstrong called home and his musical passion—he’s holding or playing his horn in nearly every scene. A detailed author’s note dives deeper into the performer’s life rounding out a solid introduction to Satchmo. Ages 6–10. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."