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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152025227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152025229
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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* "Wheeler's verse scans beautifully and begs to be read aloud-danced to, even-making this a fine choice for preschool and kindergarten story times. Christie's bold, double-paged gouache compositions locate this colorfully garbed, expressively hip family within an equally vibrant community. . . . Exultant and infectious, from the red-and-yellow-striped endpapers to the final `OH YEAH!" (starred review) (Kirkus Reviews 2007-10-15)

* "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) (School Library Journal 2008-01-01)

About the Author

LISA WHEELER is the author of many irresistible read-aloud picture books. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.
 
R. GREGORY CHRISTIE is an outstanding talent in picture books and has won three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 

More About the Author

LISA WHEELER is the author of several award-winning picture books, including Sixteen Cows, One Dark Night, and Mammoths On the Move, which recently received a Parent's Choice Recommended Award. She lives near Detroit, Michigan. www.lisawheelerbooks.com

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My little one loves this book with it's great rhythm - wonderful book.
Amy Paris
I bought this book for my 2 nephews and 1 niece, all around 18 months at the time, and they have all fallen IN LOVE with it.
SaraO
They love this book even yelling out the parts the baby in the book says.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This exuberant, high-flying kids' book is a toe-tapping, body-shaking, joyful book for kids and the grown-ups who read to them. It swings rifht from the start, coming straight on with verve and energy. Let me excerpt a little here so you can see (and hear, and feel) what I mean:

Grandpa TOOT-TOOTS,
Granny sings scat.
BItty boppin'Baby goes
RAT-TAT-TAT!

Mama sings high,
Daddy sings low.
Snazzy-jazzy Baby says "Go, Man, Go!"

THere's more dancing and singing and bebopping, and then, just like song returning to its chorus, there's a return (only slightly modified) to some of the earlier words and actions:

Momma swings high.
Daddy swings low.
Swingin'=singin' Baby says "Go, Man, GO!"

Wow--this is easy, fun reading, all natural and rhythmic and nothing forced in meter or rhyme. It's a lot like a jazz piece--SOme central ideas (The Baby as the central person, dancing, singing), with some riffs that broaden and extend those themes (e.g., the extended family as subtext, a brief exploration of some jazz instruments and their sounds, the baby getting drowsy and going to sleep...)

This sort of spontaneity extends to the gouache illustrations by award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie. It may take several readings for one to fully appreciate his casual style and how well it fits the rhythm and feeling of the book. The emphasis is on motion and tempo, on the dancer/singer and his or her ability to fill up space with movement and sound. Christie treats us to views of the elongated dancers' limbs, bright, sometimes surprising colors, and even long shots of buildings swaying to the beat. In a sequence that recalls "Fantasisa, the notes dance off a musical cleff, grow daces, and dance around "Baby.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MD Mom on April 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful rhythmic short story about a baby and his family. The rhythm of the words encourages the reader and listeners to get involved and to enjoy the musical nature of the story as told and in terms of content. It is one of our children's favorites and is frequent in our bedtime rotation. I highly recommend it to parents who arent afraid of getting a little creative with the stories they read and for children who are musically inclined.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Very short, simple book. Not many words per spread, which makes it suited for even little-little ones.

I love how the text is largely done with sound words (there's a word for that, but I can't for the life of me remember how to spell it!) or scat singing. Very bouncy, very great, wonderful way to teach basic wordplay for little ones.

I'm not a huge fan of the illustrations. They're not ill-suited for the text, they just aren't a style I happen to like. What you see on the cover is pretty much what you get inside, either you like it or not. However, even though they're not my taste, I can see why the illustrator chose to do it this way - the pictures almost seem to move with the rhythm of the music in the words. It works. (Even if it's not my favorite style ever.)

All in all, I highly recommend this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Murphy on January 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After borrowing this book from the library, I had to buy it. My 2 yr old was so delighted by the rhythm of the book that she can almost read the whole thing herself. She loves to complete the sentences for me. As a parent reading many books to two toddlers, this is my favorite. Its never boring and so jazzy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Barnes on May 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is my classroom's favorite. The illustrations are very "jazzy" and fun to experience and the text is very fun to clap and move along with. Do I think "Jazz Baby" is a great book? "OH YEAH".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Book Fan on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The rhythms in this book are great for kids to hear. The only problem is that some people are too square to read it right!
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By Jennifer on October 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Both my 3 year old and my 17 month old adore this book. The toddler begs me to read it over and over again. And, as the reader, I love it, too - it's fun to read (more like singing than reading, reminds me of Chika Chika Boom Boom), as well as tap, snap, and clap along. The illustrations are wonderful -- I appreciate that the family members's skin colors come in all shades. This is on our go-to gift giving list (along with You Are My I Love You, Anno's Counting Book, and Owl Moon). The highest recommendation.
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Format: Hardcover
My six-month-old son loves this book. We read it at least once a day, sometimes two or three times. The illustrations are colorful and unique, and my son enjoys touching the drawings of the cute baby, who is shown dancing and enjoying music with his family. My son also seems to enjoy the catchy rhymes that flow throughout the book, and I enjoy reading them to him. It is a great baby book, and I just wish it came with a board book option, because he has torn one of the pages in his excitement.
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