Item description for Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen...
This modern fable by actress-producer Debbie Allen is a hip retelling of the classic tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Reverend Knight is at his wits' end. Why are his twelve sons' shoes worn to thread each morning when the boys claim to have been asleep all night? Then Sunday, the new housekeeper, arrives. Her voice is like a songbird's and her biscuits are "slap yo'self good." With the gift of magic, she discovers the boys' nightly trips to a swinging dance hall. They fear their father's disapproval, but Sunday knows they must be honest with him. Can she work her sweet magic on the Knight family--and is there a place in it for her?
The multitalented Ms. Allen now proves herself to be a storyteller extraordinaire. Rising young artist Kadir Nelson's brilliant artwork bursts with color, richness, and energy, making this the perfect gift for funky, toe-tapping fun.
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More About Debbie Allen
Actor, director, dancer/choreographer and singer, Debbie Allen's career has touched nearly every facet of the entertainment industry.
Allen's Broadway career as a dancer, singer and actor began in the chorus of "Purlie." She next appeared in "Raisin," then in the 1979 production West Side Story," for which she won a prestigious Drama Desk Award, as well as, her first Tony Award nomination. Allen received another Tony Award nomination in 1986 for her role as Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity."
Allen's choreography career soared in 1980 with the international hit TV series "Fame." In 1988 she went behind the scenes to choreograph the new American Musical "Carrie with the Royal Shakespeare Company" and has continued to devote herself to that discipline. She holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards for five consecutive years. Allen collaborated with James Ingram to create "Brothers of the Knight" which played at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in the spring of 1998.
As Resident Director of the hit television series "Fame," in which she also starred, Allen went on to direct episodes of "Family Ties," "Bronx Zoo," "A Different World" and the pilot for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which she also produced. Her work with made-for-television movies, such as Disney's "Polly" and CBS's "Stompin at the Savoy" earned a reputation as one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood.
Recently, she directed the Martin Luther King special, entitled "One Day" for the Disney Channel as well as the critically acclaimed "Linc's Place" for Showtime.
Allen received international recognition as producer of Steven Spielberg's breathtaking "Amistad" As an actress, Allen received three Emmy Award nominations and one Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in "Fame" She also received favorable notices for her role as Deloris Jordan in Fox Family Channels "Michael Jordan: An American Hero" and as Richard Pryor's feisty wife in the semi-autobiographical film "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling."
Other feature films to her credit include Milo Forman's "Ragtime" and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh." This year she amazed audiences and critics alike with her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in "Harriet's Return" at the Geffen Playhouse.
Some of Allen's many honors include Essence Awards in 1992 and 1995, the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and two honorary doctorates, one from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the other from her alma mater, Howard University.
Allen currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Norman Nixon, and their two children, Vivian Nichole and Norman Jr.
Books by Debbie Allen:
Brothers of the Night Dancing in the Wings Amistad: Give us Free
Debbie Allen currently resides in Santa Monica, in the state of California. Debbie Allen was born in 1953.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Brothers of the Knight?
Brothers of the Knight Jan 18, 2008
Brothers of the Knight is a wonderful book that helps children see that dancing is not just for girls but for boys too.
Charming. Jul 5, 2007
I read this book first and foremost because I am a fan of Debbie Allen's. After reading the book, I was convinced that it deserves all the hype...not because of who Debbie Allen is, but because she has written a great children's book. The illustrations by Kadir Nelson are funny, colorful, cute, and charming.
"Brothers of the Knight" is told by the family dog, Happy. Rev. Knight has twelve sons and a mystery to solve in Harlem, New York. Why does each Housekeeper get fired or quit? How are the boys' shoes getting messed up? Will the story end happily ever after? Who upstages the dog in the end? I recommend this charming story book.
Review by: Pamela Jarmon-Wade
Brothers of the Knight Dec 24, 2006
Brothers of the Knight, was a good read told by the family's dog, Happy. Happy tells us that some kind of way Reverend Knight's twelve sons shoes are always, "worn to threads, messed up, torn up, stinky, dirty, tacky, jacked up," but no one never knows how it happened. That is until the Reverend hires Sunday, the housekeeper, who has magical powers. The twelve brothers aren't sure, but they know that she knows their secret. Will Sunday keep their secret from their dad?
I liked it because it was funny and a mystery.
Reviewed by: Marquis, 7-years old
Love this book! Mar 14, 2006
This book has a wonderful storyline, never gets boring(great for my boys) and the artwork is fantastic. The story is funny, down to earth, and the pace is just right. This is my second copy.
For every child Nov 22, 2002
It's a wonderful story full of surprises. Exceptional pictures!