Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

illustrated by Brian Pinkney, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, and published by Hyperion

The book cover of "Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney features Duke playing a grand piano while whimsical waves and musical notes swirl around the piano and his head.


In this brief recounting of the life of Duke Ellington, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, Brian Pinkney's illustrations float off the page, filled with color and movement. You are able to feel the music with every turn of the page.

Awards Won

Title Year
Caldecott Medal Image Randolph Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
1999 - Honor(s)