Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge

written by Gary Golio & illustrated by James Ransome
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Press


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"Ransome's illustrations convey character, mood and setting to great effect, matching the spare, effective text with energy and vibrancy that tempt readers to seek out Rollins' sound. This meditation on music, art, and integrity offers inspiration and food for thought."
Kirkus *starred review*

"Based on a true story, this charming picture book captures and shares the spirit and rhythm of Sonny's playing. The free verse text makes nice use of figurative language...and Ransome's gorgeous representational art, richly created with watercolor and collage, expands the story beautifully ."
Booklist *starred review*

"The creators' deliberate lines and detailed visuals sing like music themselves as they pay homage to an artist who finds a way to ring out loud and clear."
Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

"Positive representations of Black artists are always welcome additions to library collections, and this work stands out as a biography in verse."
School Library Journal *starred review*

Legendary jazzman Sonny Rollins plays to the Sun and Stars in this dazzling new picture book
about his time on the Williamsburg Bridge.
An inspiring tale about listening to your inner voice with your heart, your head, and your ears.
Mixed-media artwork by celebrated artist-illustrator James Ransome conjurs the noisy city, the bustling Bridge, and the Giant Jazzman himself, to put the reader in touch with the joyous, musical flow of life.
For young readers and the young-at-heart of any age!

* NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Poetry Book Selection *

* A Junior Library Guild "Gold Standard" Selection *