Kirkus Reviews QR Code
ALVIN AILEY by Andrea Davis Pinkney


by Andrea Davis Pinkney & illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 1993
ISBN: 1-56282-413-9
Publisher: Hyperion

A slightly fictionalized account of the great dancer- choreographer's (1931-89) early training and rise to fame, ending with the triumphant 1960 production of Revelations. Andrea Pinkney's narration is an undetailed but effective appreciation, written in an energetic, expressive style. Her husband's scratchboard illustrations are grand, beautifully capturing the dancers' rhythmic movement in swirls of fine lines and subtle, rather somber color enriching the black underlay. A final note fills in some of the facts; this attractive introduction, based on interviews with many who knew Ailey, will leave readers hungry for more. (Biography/Picture book)