"In this pitch-perfect picture book biography . . . Costanza establishes an atmospheric, folkloric tone in narration rich with onomatopoeia and figurative language . . .A richly detailed profile fit for a king."  
-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 "Costanza delivers a biography as bouncy and colorful as ragtime itself. . . full of animation and joy, motifs that repeat throughout each gorgeous spread. . . Outstanding."  
-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
 "The melodic, flowing text goes beyond Joplin's personal details to paint a picture of what life looked like for African Americans during the Jim Crow era . . . [Events] come alive through gloriously vibrant, full-page gouache collages that pop off of pages, filled with creative and expressive details  . . . this attractive offering makes a great read-aloud."

 
-- Booklist, Starred Review
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