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Jazz Baby Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Granny sings scat.
BItty boppin'Baby goes
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.Read more ›
***Update: 10/30/15 My son is now 18 months old and this is one of his favorite books. I still love it, too. I recommend it to other parents.
She loves this book, so I love this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
by Lisa Wheeler, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
The whole family likes to get in the fun, and Jazz baby adds to the fun. Read more
My one-year-old loves this book! The rhythm, rhyming, activity of clapping, etc. engages her. We read it with a tempo change towards the end ("tempo goes up, lights go... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Geena H.
Fun, rhythmic and musical book for the whole family. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by Alinita
I am just in love with this book! Such a great job with the rhythm and rhyme that little jazzy baby has a real good time! My boys loved the story and the beat. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Boyd