The Django by Levi Pinfold

The Django

Written by Levi Pinfold
Illustrated by Levi Pinfold

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Winner of the Booktrust Best Emerging Illustrator Award. There’s magic and music at the heart of this original and touching story. When Little Jean first comes across the Django he just sees a tricksy creature capable of causing absolute chaos. And, first by breaking Jean’s father banjo and later by playing all kinds of tricks around the farm, that is exactly what the Django does. Of course, Jean gets the blame for everything that goes wrong as no one else can see Django. If only he can go back to life before the Django. But will that make Jean happy? Written as a tribute to the great musician Django Reinhart this is also a touching story for all. Levi Penfold has just been awarded the prize for the Best Emerging Illustrator for The Django.

The LoveReading Comment:

This book, based on the story of legendary jazz musician Django Reinhardt, is illustrated in a detailed and painterly style, evoking the Romany gypsy traveler lifestyle that the young Django (Jean) lived as a child, with old fashioned caravans, and scenes round the camp fire. 

The boy Jean is taken over by ‘the Django’, who has a life of his own, makes Jean play and then damage his father’s banjo, and generally causes trouble. But Jean’s father realizes his son must have musical talents, buys him his own banjo.

The Django eventually disappears to leave Jean to develop his musical talents on his own – but with a suggestion that he may be hiding somewhere in the background whenever music is being played, dancing and singing along with Jean.


The Django by Levi Pinfold

This stunning debut from Levi Pinfold is inspired by the life and work of jazz musician Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt. Through amazing illustrations and lyrical text, he tells a fictional story about the young Jean, who longs to play the banjo. The trouble is, his imaginary friend the Django keeps getting him into lots of trouble. Finally, the young boy has to banish his friend, but he misses him terribly. When his father gives Jean a banjo, he rediscovers the infectious enthusiasm for music that was the Django’s special gift to him.

About the Author

Levi Pinfold

Winner of the Bronze Plaque Biennale for Illustration in Bratislava 2015.

Levi Pinfold graduated from University Collge Falmouth in 2006. He is currently a Freelance Author and Illustrator working in Bristol. He was chosen one of the Booktrust Best New Illlustrators of 2011.

On his win at the BIB 2015 the judges said 'Magic realist and enigmatic story telling full of detail, persuades the reader to revisit each page. Pinfold creates an eerie and enigmatic tale in a setting reminiscent of the outback of the ‘New-Worlds’ in the first half of the twentieth century.'

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1st February 2010




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