Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater when she was just seventeen years old. Her rich voice and vocal innovations brought her fame and a remarkable career than spanned half a century and won her generations of fans around the world. Acclaimed author Andrea Davis Pinkney has told Ella's inspiring story in the voice of Scat Cat Monroe, a feline fan whose imagined narrative sings with the infectious rhythms of scat. Two-time Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney's dramatic perspectives and fantastical images offer a jazzy improvisation all their own.
Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed picture books, works of non fiction, and novels. Her titles for middle-grade readers includeSolo Girl
,Raven in a Dove House
, andLet It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner. She is also the author of the picture booksAlvin Ailey
(a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book); andElla Fitzgerald
, each illustrated by her husband and frequent collaborator, Brian Pinkney. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor BooksDuke Ellington
andThe Faithful Friend
, and the Coretta Scott King Award winnerIn the Time of the Drums