Ella Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks
  

Ella Queen of Jazz

Written by Helen Hancocks
Illustrated by Helen Hancocks

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Stylishly illustrated this is a piece of non-fiction, the inspiring story of a special friendship, and a bit of a mystery story too. It introduces young readers to Ella Fitzgerald and describes the beginning of her career when she and her band were not allowed to perform in some clubs because of the colour of their skin. But Ella had one big fan determined to do something about that – who was it? The story reveals it was Marilyn Monroe, and describes the close friendship between the two women and how Marilyn helped Ella get the attention her music deserved. It’s a great story perfectly told through Helen Hancocks’s bold, vibrant illustrations and in clear engaging text and it brings a particular piece of history vividly to life. ~ Andrea Reece

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Ella Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks

Ella Fitzgerald sang the blues and she sang them good. Ella and her fellas were on the way up! It seemed like nothing could stop her, until the biggest club in town refused to let her play...and all because of her colour. But when all hope seemed lost, little did Ella imagine that a Hollywood star would step in to help. The inspiring, true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe was born - and how they worked together to overcome prejudice and adversity.

Published to coincide with Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she
wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” Ella Fitzgerald, MS magazine, August 1972

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Splashy graphics do a fine job of evoking 1950s glamour,.... the book is... a warm portrait of two famous women helping each other out. * Publishers Weekly * 'Hancock's language sings with the cadence of African American idioms, and the vivid colour palette and varied typographical styles help to make each nightclub set look different. The story, meanwhile, reaches beyond feminist empowerment to illuminate a broader appeal to equality, and the final page emphasises the importance of friendship: a refreshingly achievable ideal.

* Irish Times * 'This is wonderful ... steeped in the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood, the power of female friendship overcomes prejudice.

* The Bookseller * Ella Queen of Jazz is a captivating tale of music, friendship and courage. * Daily Express *

About the Author

Helen Hancocks

Helen Hancocks graduated in 2011 with a frst class degree in illustration with animation from Manchester School of Art. She is the best-selling author/illustrator of William and the Missing Masterpiece, William Heads to Hollywood, and Penguin in Peril. For Frances Lincoln Children’s Books she illustrated How to Look After Your Human – A Dog’s Guide by Maggie Mayhem with help from Kim Sears. Helen’s illustratoins are a mixture of crayon, watercolour, ink and pen, combined digitally.

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Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 8 years

Author

Helen Hancocks
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

6th April 2017

ISBN

9781847809186

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