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Jazz Baby Hardcover – November 1, 2007

4.9 out of 5 stars 54 customer 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.
 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152025227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152025229
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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My two-year old requires that this book is read every night in preparation for bedtime. The illustrations and lines are so memorable that she almost reads the book to herself. If she falters, I can say a few words and she will pick up where I leave off and say the rest of the words on the page before turning it. (She is not reading yet.) But this book as definitely snagged her attention and it's a fun, enjoyable way for us to get ready for bed.
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I originally checked this book out from the library and it became a quick favorite of my son's. I have bought copies for a couple of other friends. My one friend's son loved it so much it was his birthday things for his 1st birthday. It is unique from many other children's books which are based on animals or vehicles. I recommend this one along with Zin Zin violin and Max found two sticks. To get the fullness of the story, make sure that you sing it to your very own jazzy tune.
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I love reading this book to my nine month old baby and he loves hearing it. The words have rhythm and rhyme, so it's like singing or rapping. I snap my fingers in time while reading to him.

***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.
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Jazz Baby has a wonderful upbeat flow, with some repetition to allow the child to be involved in the reading. The length of the book is perfect for the young listener, yet inviting for the older primary child. This is a book that continues to get placed at the top of the "read this to me" stack, which is wonderful since it is fun to read.
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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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We checked this book out from the library a dozen times before we finally realized we should just own it. My 2 year old loves this book so much, she can recite the book page by page. We don't even have to read it to her any more, she knows it so well.
She loves this book, so I love this book.
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