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Charlie Parker Played Be Bop Paperback – September 1, 1997
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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.
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It immediately became his favorite book (he has over 100) and INSISTS that it be read to him 4-5 times per day. Frequently, we will have just finished it and he reaches for it again. One of his first 7 words is pa-ka (Parker)...it is his first two-syllable word! I would teach him to say "Bird," but I think that would confuse him right now. :-)
The pictures are wonderful! I particularly like the one of "Charlie Parker Played No Trombone" which shows Bird looking at a trombone and scratching his head.
The words and sounds are wonderful and convey the feeling and flavor of "Be Bop."
My son particularly loves the mysterious kitty...
My son is now 13 months old and it's still his favorite book BY FAR!
"Never leave your cat a-lone..."
The book's like a single, long poem. The reoccurring phrase is, "Charlie Parker played be bop" with the final line always, "Never leave your cat alone". That means that a stanza sounds something like, "Charlie Parker played be bop / Charlie Parker played saxaphone / The music sounded like be bop / Never leave your cat alone". You get the picture. Occasionally, however, this book goes all-out silly on you, but with a rhythm that's hard to ignore. "Be bop. Fisk, fisk. Lollipop. Boomba, boomba". And suddenly there are lollipops and odd blue nosed animals tramping across the page in a line, obviously in touch with the beat of the song.Read more ›
The illustrations in this book are fun, bright, and playful. The words trip across the page like the music does. It doesn't grow tiresome after repeated readings.
I highly recommend this book. And maybe play a little Bird while you're reading it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book because I remembered seeing it on "Between The Lions" when I was a kid. I love the way it was read with a jazzy feel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DeAnna S.
What a pleasant surprise this book was. Wonderful pictures and catchy words. My three- and four-year-old sons love this book.Published 7 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 8 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 14 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 16 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 16 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