Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Chris Raschka
     
 

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An exuberant and rhythmic introduction to the music of Charlie Parker. Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Charlie, young readers will bop to the pulsating beat of this sassy picture book.

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An exuberant and rhythmic introduction to the music of Charlie Parker. Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Charlie, young readers will bop to the pulsating beat of this sassy picture book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Regardless of whether they've heard of jazz or Charlie Parker, young readers will bop to the pulsating beat of this sassy picture book. In a daring attempt to capture the raw energy of Parker's music (and in language recalling the verbal theatrics of Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault), Raschka combines a text that's as lean as a poem and as mean as a blues refrain (``Charlie Parker played be bop. / Charlie Parker played no trombone. / The music sounded like be bop. / Barbecue that last leg bone'') with vigorously skewed illustrations gleaming with sly wit. Even the typeface joins in the fun, as italics and boldface strut and swing across the pages. Those in the know will enjoy the inside jokes (the pages, for example, are decorated with birds, after Parker's nickname); young and old alike will find this a read-aloud that's hard to resist. And that's no jive. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Exuberant and wacky, sound-filled and life-affirming-that's how I'd sum up this book. The text is jazzy, crammed with boomba sounds and reeti-footi tweets. And famed saxophone player Charlie Parker is bigger than life. His horn, torso, and head fill the page, spill beyond the margins. Raschka's combination of big block shapes and busy, curling doodles create a sense of energy and spontaneity, a visual tribute to jazz music. Check out the hair on Parker's arms, the lines on his sax. And those absurd, parading figures-chickadees, overshoes, bus stops-are delightful.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Despite its appealing, rhythmic cadence, this book doesn't evoke the music of Charlie Parker. The watercolor and charcoal pencil illustrations are funky and funny, but sometimes confounding. In particular, the characterization of Parker is overly stylized, resulting in a caricature rather than a character. The story line--of the musician's cat waiting for him to come home--will be lost on young readers; in fact, it will be apparent only to those reading the flap copy. Nicely designed, the layout makes effective use of different typefaces and appropriate sound words (``The music sounded like be bop . . . overshoes, overshoes, overshoes, o, . . . ''), but the nonsense phrases only increase the general confusion (``Barbeque that last leg bone . . . .''), as do some of the illustrations, particularly a boot with feet that ``hip hops'' through the pages. There is also an upside-down illustration of Parker that looks more like a mistake than a variation on the theme. This is an intriguing, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to illuminate jazz for young readers, who would be served far better by books like Thacher Hurd's upbeat Mama Don't Allow (HarperCollins, 1984) or Rachel Isadora's Ben's Trumpet (Greenwillow, 1979). --Cyrisse Jaffee, Newton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613377539
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
865,480
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Charlie Parker Played Be Bop 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children, 3 years and 19 months, LOVE this book. The rhythm it generates is infectious, and they both stomp their feet and clap their hands in time. I have recommended it to several Moms, and all share my opinion - this book is truly a gift to your child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work at a bookstore and library company and this book literally lept off the shelves toward me. I have a jazz-fanatic boyfriend who's turning 24 this June and I will definitely be purchasing this book for him. The book is irresistible and begs to be read out loud. I still have pages of the book going through my head and the last time I read it was days ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for kids of all ages. It's a fabulous way to teach kids about jazz and to make music fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 15 month old grandson loves this board book!