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It would seem a riddle worthy of the sphinx: how do you give children a sense of jazz music without playing a note? Chris Raschka answers loudly and clearly with the illustrated, syncopated Charlie Parker Played Be Bop. This sparse, rhythmic, repetitive text (inspired by a recording of Parker's "A Night in Tunisia") embraces and reflects the sound and feel of jazz when read aloud: "Charlie Parker played be bop. / Charlie Parker played saxophone. / The music sounded like be bop. / Never leave your cat alone." Whether in complete phrases or in nonsense refrains that taste like music in your mouth ("Alphabet alphabet, alphabet, alph, / Chickadee, chickadee, chickadee, chick, / Overshoes, overshoes, overshoes, o, / Reeti-footi, reeti-footi, reeti-footi, ree."), Raschka brings melody to the page, and rhythm to eager ears.
Raschka, whose Yo! Yes? won a Caldecott Honor, and whose Mysterious Thelonious--another ebullient, musical exploration of a jazz legend--was named a 1997 ALA Notable Book, proves once again that he is just as at home with a paintbrush as he is with a pen. His bold, quirky illustrations add movement and light to the words, buoying their already lyrical effect. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop is a colorful, whimsical romp through the world of jazz, sure to set young and old toes a-tapping. (Ages 4 to 8) --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Charlie Parker, young readers will bop to the pulsating beat of this sassy picture book. In a daring attempt to capture the raw energy of Parker's music (and in language recalling the verbal theatrics of Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault), Raschka combines a text that's as lean as a poem and as mean as a blues refrain ("Charlie Parker played be bop. / Charlie Parker played no trombone. / The music sounded like be bop. / Barbecue that last leg bone") with vigorously skewed illustrations gleaming with sly wit. Even the typeface joins in the fun, as italics and boldface strut and swing across the pages. Those in the know will enjoy the inside jokes (the pages, for example, are decorated with birds, after Parker's nickname); young and old alike will find this a read-aloud that's hard to resist. And that's no jive. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What a pleasant surprise this book was. Wonderful pictures and catchy words. My three- and four-year-old sons love this book.Published 3 months ago by C Bee
Book had very minimal wear and delivery was quick. So glad to add this to our collection of books! The kids love this one.Published 4 months ago by Jaime Aisbet
This is the best children's book I've purchased by far. Very creative and an awesome homage to Charlie Parker. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark E. Negron
love the illustrations in this book and so excited about the story. it's a great read for parents to get into with their kids.Published 11 months ago by missDTM
My kids LOVE this book. It has been their absolute favorite since they were 2 and it is short enough to read over and over again before bed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Clark
"Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop"
Written & Illustrated by Chris Raschka
(Scholastic Books, 1992)
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Great book. Great, great, great book. Read more
Every kid I have read this to loves it and I never get tired of reading it, which is saying something!Published 15 months ago by Marley