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*Starred Review* Warm up those vocal chops and get ready for the swingingest read-aloud of the year. The creators of Jazz A B Z (2005) offer here an inventive and inspiring ode to the melodies and rhythms of everyday life. Using juiced-up onomatopoeia and spare rhymes that don’t miss a beat, a young trumpeter (bearing a strong resemblance to the author) catalogs the musical sounds, from traditional instruments to neighborhood noise, of his life in New Orleans: the squeeeak of a screen door, the GRrruMBle of a cookie-craving stomach, the nervy brrrawmp of a jazz trombone slide. With sly nods to the city’s musical heritage as well as jazz greats, Rogers’ pitch-perfect, retro-cool illustrations pop against the white backgrounds and give the text—which highlights the sounds in a red, varyingly sized, often undulating typeface—plenty of room to groove. A spirited entrée into poetry, artistic inspiration, or the improvisational nature of jazz, this needs a little practice to get the cadence just right, but then it will be music to everyone’s ears. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kristen McKulski
Onomatopoeic words will challenge readers and delight listeners . . . Rogers’ hip, playfully cartoonish spreads pop with clever visual allusions to jazz tunes and players. Loud and clear, the creators show how tuning into everyday sounds can inspire music. Clap, clap, CLAP!
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This exuberant articulation of sounds both subtle and grandiose is sure to inspire closer listening and creative responses.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Warm up those vocal chops and get ready for the swingingest read-aloud of the year.
—Booklist (starred review)
I liked the piano. I liked the drums. I like the tuba. I liked the bass. I liked the saxophone.Published 7 months ago by Pen Name
18 month old grandson loves this book! We have fun making all the sounds together.Published 7 months ago by Deanna Crump
"Mommy, I like it! I really like the cool part at the end." She is five and we enjoyed making the different sounds in the book. This was a fun and cute book.Published 8 months ago by TaB
We love this book! The sounds are fun to read aloud, and we love the multiracial population represented. It's one of our birthday gift go-tos.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The only thing that would make this better would be links to actual sounds of the instruments. Is is the kindle versions, after all.Published 8 months ago by musicmom