My copy of this book smells so delicious, akin to thick wrapping paper.

So no one just sets down to write and illustrate a book for the first time and creates a perfect gem, right? Wrong! Levi Pinfold has done just that with his first picture book, DJANGO.

This picture book is a delightful trickster tale inspired by the life of jazz legend Jean “Django” Reinhardt. The story features a young gypsy boy named Jean. One day Jean comes across the DJANGO in his family’s caravan. In the book the DJANGO is described thusly:

“It’s like a thing. A sort of it. A kind of cozzler that always seems to find trouble.”

The Django is a charmingly illustrated creature who looks something like a little boy, and insect, and a pile of laundry crossed together and come to life. The Django loves playing tricks and pranks but poor Jean is the one who gets in trouble.

The Django starts by breaking Jean’s father’s precious banjo, an instrument Jean has longed to play for himself for as long as he can remember.  Jean’s papa is furious and things only get worse as the Django follows Jean around for the week causing him trouble at every turn. Finally Jean has had enough and casts the Django out in a fit of temper. The Django stays away and Jean is surprised to find he actually misses him. Jean’s papa has a perfect and surprising solution for Jean’s case of the blues.

Children will delight in the tricks the Django plays. Beware of little ones blaming the Django for the bad behavior after reading this one! People of all ages will appreciate the vivid and colorful illustrations.

Also be sure to read and share  the final page that gives information about the life of the real Jean “Django” Reinhardt. His life story is an inspiring and exciting one for anyone who appreciates music and the art of creating it.



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