Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince by Agostini, Alliah L.

Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince

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An exuberant picture book written by Alliah L. Agostini and illustrated by Shamar Knight-Justice is about a Black boy with big dancing dreams who learns the meaning of courage and community.

It's the weekend, first in June; speaker's blasting out big tune!
Cousins, aunties, uncles, friends pack the house, and fun begins.

Shane is shy but loves to dance--and all year long, he's picked up cans
to earn some money toward his goal: high-tops with a pump-up sole.

But then the speaker blows--it's done! Will this stop his family's fun?
Can Shane come through to save the day and bring back Big Tune Saturday?

Set within a vibrant Caribbean American neighborhood and told to a rhythmic beat, Big Tune is a story of Black boy joy that touches on determination, confidence to express who you are, selflessness, and community gratitude.

Author: Alliah L. Agostini
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Published: 03/28/2023
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.83lbs
Size: 11.02h x 8.58w x 0.39d
ISBN: 9780374389949
Audience: Ages 4-8


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/2023
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2023
Publishers Weekly 02/06/2023
School Library Journal 03/01/2023 pg. 74

About the Author

Alliah L. Agostini is an author and the founder of Grownesque, a blog and social media destination for Xennial women. She has an AB and MBA from Harvard and currently resides in New Jersey, where she enjoys impromptu dance parties and making up corny jokes with her husband and two children. Big Tune is her first fiction picture book.

Shamar Knight-Justice is an illustrator based in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up with a crayon in his hand and a love for patterns. He currently serves as the principal of an elementary school in Southwest Atlanta, where his scholars' stories and personalities inspire him to create illustrations that honor their identities. When not drawing, Shamar loves to spend time hoarding collage materials, going on long walks with his family, and devouring the nearest pancake.

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