Kristi Bernard edited the summary of Drummer Boy of John John Monday, November 12, 2012.
Winston lives in the Caribbean. It's almost time for Carnival. The sound of Calypso music will be floating through the air as friends and families whistle and hum while making costumes and decorating masks. The Roti King has announced that the best band in the parade will get all the rotis for free. Winston loves rotis, a delicious pancake filled with chicken, herbs and spices. Winston would love to win free rotis but he doesn't have a band. Upon a hill under a mango tree, Winston tosses a pit towards an old junk yard filled with old cans and buckets. Pong, ping, pang! Soon, Winston is booming and banging on the old cans to find just the right sound. His friends gather around and they realize they could become a band and win the rotis. It's a race for time to get done painting and decorating to be ready to march and play at Carnival.
Greenwood has put together a wonderful story of Winston “Spree” Simon, the creator of the steel drum. Winston was honored into the Trinidad All Stars Percussion Orchestra and toured in London. Readers will enjoy the story of Winston's life from the time he was a young boy. Bright and whimsical illustrations invite readers to share in the colorful world of Trinidad and the Carnival celebration. A glossary in the back pages shares all of the unique terms used throughout the book.