Just a Lucky So and So
Illustrated by James Ransome
"When I pick up that horn, that's all. The world's behind me, and I don't concentrate on nothing but it."
Louis always focused on ways in which he was lucky. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in extraordinary music, from the funeral marches to the honky-tonks. Young Louis took it all in, especially the cornet blowing of Joe "King" Oliver. But after a run in with the police, 11-year-old Louis was sent away to the Colored Waif's Home for Boys where he became a disciplined musician in the school's revered marching band. By the time he returned to his neighborhood, the "King" himself became his mentor and invited Armstrong to play with him in Chicago. Just a Lucky So and So is a joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician with the buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.
Louis Armstrong has been called the most important jazz improviser in the history of jazz. Superb music.
"Upbeat and celebratory—like Pops himself."—Kirkus Reviews
Come on in, pull up a chair and stay awhile. Readers of my books now have a place to have some of their questions answered about the wonderful and mysterious world of writing. O.K., maybe not all that mysterious, but writing for me is one way to share my thoughts and interests with others. So, you came to the right place if you were just wondering about my early inspirations and how I began writing.
One of the most important things I do as a writer is to read, so you can also find out about some of my favorite books for kids and meet the illustrator of many of my books, husband and collaborator, James Ransome. And finally, find out more about the books. Enjoy your visit!