Jazz Baby

Jazz Baby

By Lisa Wheeler; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152025229, 40pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2007

Description
With a simple clap of hands, an itty-bitty beboppin' baby gets his whole family singing and dancing. Sister's hands snap. Granny sings scat. Uncle soft-shoes--and Baby keeps the groove. Things start to wind down when Mama and Daddy sing blues so sweet. Now a perfectly drowsy baby sleeps deep, deep, "deep."Lisa Wheeler and R. Gregory Christie pair up for a celebration of music, imagination, and big families--but they know that even a jazz baby needs to snooze. "Oh yeah.


About the Author
Lisa Wheeler has written eighteen books for children, including "The Pet Project", illustrated by Zachariah OHora, and the" "hilarious "Spinster Goose", illustrated by Sophie Blackall. She lives with her family in Addison, Michigan. Visit her online at LisaWheelerBooks.com.

R. Gregory Christie is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Please visit his website to learn more: www.gas-art.com.


Praise For Jazz Baby

* "Wheeler’s verse scans

* "To the contagious rhythm of the text, Baby and his extended family members be-bop and hip-hop, and generally make jazzy music. “Brother’s hands tap./Sister’s hands snap./Itty-bitty Baby’s hands/CLAP-CLAP-CLAP!” Meanwhile, the youngster is passed from arm to arm, bouncing and bopping, smiling and waving, until–worn out–he allows himself to be tucked into his crib. Against stark white pages, Christie’s paintings in sepia/ochre tones highlighted with brighter shades of green, blue, violet, and red add to the happy, hoppin’ scene. The stylized African Americans with happy, expressive faces, outlined in free-form black line, dance and sway across the pages along with the words (in large and supersize font). Read aloud with a strong emphasis on the beat and a little body movement, too, this lively poetic piece will charm many a little person and provide a joyful musical experience for readers, as well." (starred review)