Cool Bopper's Choppersby Linda Oatman High, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
Cool Bopper is a bebopper in the Snazzy Catz Jazz Club, losses his choppers in the beboppin' crowd. Like Charlie Parker, Cool Bopper bops hard below silver stars and blue moons of night. One evening, Cool Bopper puts down his saxophone and begins to scat: "A-BOP-BOP-BE-BOP, A-BOP-BOP-BOP!" And out pop his choppers! Now Cool Bopper is not the same without his
Cool Bopper is a bebopper in the Snazzy Catz Jazz Club, losses his choppers in the beboppin' crowd. Like Charlie Parker, Cool Bopper bops hard below silver stars and blue moons of night. One evening, Cool Bopper puts down his saxophone and begins to scat: "A-BOP-BOP-BE-BOP, A-BOP-BOP-BOP!" And out pop his choppers! Now Cool Bopper is not the same without his choppers. He can't bop. He can't scat. He can't blow his horn. How will Cool Bopper regain his choppers? Linda Oatman High's jazzy story, with zany illustrations by John O'Brien, takes young beboppers on a wild adventure with rhythm and wordplay.
K-Gr 3 - Cool Bopper plays a jazzy sax and sings a hoppin' scat: "A-bop-bop-be-bop." But one night he bops so big and loud that he pops his dentures out of his mouth and into the extra-high beehive wig of a woman in the audience. Proudly wearing Bopper's choppers, she grooves her way into the bathroom, where she accidentally drops them "into the/hopper./Splish, splash, flush,/the choppers/swirled, whirled,/smilin' pretty as pearls,/gurglin', circlin'/down . . . ." Without his teeth, Bopper's music goes down the drain, too. He is blue and takes a trip to try to lift his spirits and get his bop back. At the beach, he hears some "groovin',/soothin'/music," and soon finds his choppers, which had washed ashore, blowing a tune through a cone-shaped shell. Without pause, he picks them up, pops them into his mouth, grabs his sax, and begins to wail. High's text has a jazzy riff that is well suited to this humorous story. O'Brien's ink-and-watercolor pointillist illustrations are perfect: filled with cool colors and jaunty motion, they look the way the music sounds. The small notes that pour from Bopper's sax bend and stretch, as do the bodies of the musicians and dancers. Suspend logic and enjoy the fun of this silly tale.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, MECopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
- Highlights Press
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- 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Linda Oatman High is the author of number of picture books for Boyds Mills Press, including The Last Chimney of Christmas Eve, Beekepers, and Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse. She lives in Narvon, Pennsylvania.
John O'Brien has illustrated more than thirty books for children. Among his titles for Boyds Mills Press are I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara Garriel, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Farmer in the Dell. He lives in Delran, New Jersey.
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