Rap a Tap Tap (Hardcover)

Here's Bojangles - Think of That!

By Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon (Illustrator)

Blue Sky Press, 9780590478830, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2002

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

"There once was a man who danced in the street / He brought pleasure and joy to the people he'd greet / He didn't just dance, he made art with his feet / Rap a tap tap--think of that!"
This simple book for young children has the added bonus of describing the life of a ground-breaking African-American tap dancer. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s. People said he "talked with his feet," and in the Dillons' graceful paintings of old New York, he dances from page to page to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme. Rap a tap tap--think of that!


About the Author

Leo & Diane Dillon began working together in the 1950s. Diversity and equality are regular themes in their work, which ranges from African folktales to fantasy and science fiction. Their long list of awards includes two Caldecott Medals, four NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Awards, four BOSTON GLOBE/HORN BOOK Awards, and multiple Coretta Scott King Awards. They were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997. Leo Dillon died in May 2012. IF KIDS RAN THE WORLD was their last collaboration.



Diane Dillon is known throughout the world as one of the greatest children's talents of our time. For 58 years she collaborated with her husband, artist Leo Dillon, until his death in 2012. They are known for their multicultural books, including a significant body of African American books, which earned them a list of awards, including two Caldecott Medals, the NAACP Image Award, numerous Coretta Scott King Awards, several Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and honorary doctorates.


Praise For Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That!

* "This jazzy introduction to an important contributor to American culture will entrance the youngest music and dance fans." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "An exuberant picture-book tribute to African-American tap dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This fancy-free introduction captures the ebullience of [Bojangles'] dancing as well as the way he touched audiences." -- Booklist, starred review