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Theo and the Blue Note Hardcover – September 21, 2006

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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5

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PreSchool-Grade 4–A fine picture-book debut from the creator of MAD magazine's popular SPY vs. SPY cartoons. In this flashback to the 1950s beatnik generation, Theo is a beret-wearing hep cat who loves to play his saxophone. Unfortunately, he can only blow one blue note. One night, a clarinet-shaped rocket appears in his yard. The ship carries him to the moon, where he finds another spacecraft (the Apollo) and a band made up of famous performers such as Duck Ellington, Nat King Cobra, and Elephants Gerald. Theo joins the jam session, and with Duck's help on the piano, is soon playing all the BLUES! (sky, indigo, periwinkle, etc.). The Apollo takes off, blasting COOL jazz with a HOT beat…. Done in watercolors, colored pencils, and collage, the blue-tinged illustrations reflect the story's tone. Spray-painted backgrounds add texture and give the artwork a dreamlike quality. The gleaming gold rocket signifies Theo's change in mood, which brightens when he finds the other musicians, and the book ends on a scintillating yellow note. This enjoyable story presents a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to jazz and the artists alluded to. Team this razzmatazz tale with Chris Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Scholastic, 1992) and similar titles for a swinging storytime ensemble.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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About the Author

Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, for which he writes and illustrates Spy vs. Spy. Mr. Kuper, shown here with his daughter, lives in New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on November 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Highly regarded graphic novelist (and Spy vs. Spy artist) Peter Kuper has written a book for kids (4-8), and it's a total pleasure. Theo is a young cat with a horn who takes a rocket ship to the moon, where he meets jazz legends like Duck Ellington and Charlie Porker and gives them just what they need-- one beautiful blue note. I've enjoyed Kuper's grown-up books for a long time. This is a great way to introduce his work to kids, and introduce kids to the joys of jazz.
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By Holly Kuper on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Theo and the Blue Note is a wonderful book, fun, colorful and humorous. The smallest viewer and the oldest reader can enjoy it. I only wish it had come with a cd of the musical greats mentioned. Peter has a magical style with the spray art technique and the colors used. I look forward to his next children's book. I think it is a must this holiday for all my friends with and without children
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Theo and the Blue Note was the hit of my daughter 's baby shower. The new baby will be named after Thelonious Monk...his Dad is a musician. So the new little Theo will be hearing this book many times. The illustrations are vibrant and imaginative. The story and familiar musicians make for a sweet and very funny story.. I am so glad you had the book. I couldn't find it elsewhere. Thank you.
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