I Haven’t Even Had Any Coffee Yet,
but I’m Wide Awake ‘Cause of This Brian Pinkney Art

h1 October 24th, 2013 by jules

“Mahalia and the crowd of thousands cheered. The people who had come to hear Martin on that day were moved to more than a single amen. It was AMEN TIMES TEN!”


I love this spread so much. It floors me. It’s one of my favorite picture book illustrations from this year. The color! The energy! The life and joy in it …

This is from Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Little, Brown, July 2013).

Last week, I chatted at Kirkus with Andrea about this collaboration, as well as a couple of other topics. That is here. Below is some more art from the book.


“Mahalia recorded a song called ‘Move On Up a Little Higher.’ She used her gospel gift to CLAIM THAT SONG. FILLED the notes with tones so round.
STRETCHED the downbeat. PUSHED past the boundaries of HERE AND NOW. …”

“Martin’s sermons and Mahalia’s spirituals told their listeners: YOU ARE HERE. …”
(Click to enlarge)

“It was Martin’s dream that one day his children—and all children—would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. …”
(Click to enlarge)

(Click to enlarge cover)

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MARTIN & MAHALIA: HIS WORDS, HER SONG. Copyright © 2013 by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Brian Pinkney. Artwork reproduced by permission of the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, New York.

2 comments to “I Haven’t Even Had Any Coffee Yet,
but I’m Wide Awake ‘Cause of This Brian Pinkney Art”

  1. The spreads are so musical in themselves, really invite the reader, the viewer to pause and absorb. Lovely.

  2. Just…wow. Leaves me speechless.

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