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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. 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.

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PreS-Gr 3-Leo and Diane Dillon's book (Blue Sky Press, 2002) about tap-dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949) received a Coretta Scott King Honor for its illustrations. The audio format greatly enhances the story, as Charles Turner narrates the tale of the man who "talked with his feet." Live background music from the 1920's, punctuated by the rhythmic tapping of feet enliven the reading of the rhymed text. In the book, Diane Dillon's colorful gouache illustrations of inner-city scenes are met with cleverly designed graphics of Bojangles, his tapping feet depicted in shades of grey prompting the illusion of movement. This wonderful introduction to a talented African-American entertainer is appropriate for group or individual enjoyment, and will be a welcome addition to the music, movement, and art curriculum.-Kirsten Martindale, formerly Menomonie Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

* "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

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