Inspired by the life and work of jazz musician Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt, this beautiful picture book tells a fictional story of the young Jean who longs to play the banjo. The trouble is, his imaginary friend the Django keeps getting him into lots of trouble, but he also gives Jean his infectious enthusiasm for music.
"What makes the book special is its painterly qualities; take, for example, the picture of the caravan, standing in summer grass, next to a shed of stained corrugated iron. The caravan is hung with magic lanterns, the sky is smudged with pink clouds. It is a fully imagined work. I liked, too, the fierce, lived-in authenticity of the father’s face. It will be relished by sophisticated children and jazz-loving adults alike." Kate Kellaway, The Observer
Levi Pinfold is one of the ten recipients of the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011, and was voted Best Emerging Illustrator in the Early Years Awards 2010.
The Django was shortlisted for the 2011 English 4-11 Best Children's Illustrated Book award.
"A truly original book … quirky and involving text with magical illustration by Levi Pinfold … a beautiful book to own." School Library Journal
"The full page illustrations bring atmospheric drama and appropriate excitement to the story inspired by Romany jazz legend, Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt." Carousel Magazine