Debut author Crow's hip ode to jazz (and scat in particular) will sweep up its audience in its catchy beat as kinetic cartoon art adds verve and wit. Blue-gray rats with bulbous snouts and ever-expressive eyes star in the animals-only tale. Bass player Cool Daddy Rat, in his rose-colored jacket and black beret, heads out to perform in the big city, but his son, Ace, stows away: Daddy Rat "got to scat for a fat cat/ witty kitty shoo bat/ went an odd way/ down Broadway/ hippy zippy/ zee zat/ and found Ace in his bass case!/ peeky squeaky who dat." After being made to phone his mother (Ace's rats-will-be-rats expression is alone worth the cover price), the little rat tags along to the various gigs, among them a rooftop party and a cruise. Lester's (A Is for Salad) computer-assisted watercolor illustrations in a heady palette show characters seemingly in perpetual motion-jumping, dancing, moving ahead in the line outside a club. (Ignore the cover image, which seems defaced by the lettering for the title.) The undercurrent of scat, always printed in a colored font, will be read-aloud heaven for jazz-loving adults, giving kids an addictive first taste of the pleasures to be had. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Cool Daddy Ratby Kristyn Crow, Mike Lester (Illustrator)
Every night, Cool Daddy Rat takes his bass case and goes out to play jazz and scat around the city. But one night he hears something strange: Peeky squeaky who dat? It's his son, Ace, hiding in the bass case! After a reassuring call to Mama, the pair go all over the city together, filling the streets with his sweet beat. And when Ace can't contain/i>
Every night, Cool Daddy Rat takes his bass case and goes out to play jazz and scat around the city. But one night he hears something strange: Peeky squeaky who dat? It's his son, Ace, hiding in the bass case! After a reassuring call to Mama, the pair go all over the city together, filling the streets with his sweet beat. And when Ace can't contain himself any longer, Cool Daddy Rat finds out he's not the only fantastic scatter in the family.
This cool read-aloud, full of energy from the jazzy text and animated illustrations, will have kids snapping, tapping and scatting along.
K-Gr 2- This is one cool daddy who deserves the name, a bass-playing rodent who looks sharp in his crimson threads and black beret. At night, Cool Daddy Rat heads out with his violet instrument case to fill the city with his jazz riffs and scat lyrics. He discovers a stowaway in his case ("peeky squeaky who dat"), his son Ace, who follows him around, making the scene in New York and ultimately belting out his own scat, much to his daddy's delight. What drives this book is the swingin' beat of the text, which jumps and jives and begs to be read aloud. The clever words enhance the rhythm and present the city at its cool best ("rode a train 'neath/the rain drains/click clickety rat tat/got to scat for a fat cat/witty kitty shoo bat"), while the loosely drawn pencil-and-watercolor illustrations have a cartoonlike quality that adds energy and exuberance to the whole. The artwork pops with the same humor and zing as the text, creating a colorful backdrop that evokes the romance of the city night. Pair this with Chris Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Scholastic, 1992) for an excellent introduction to the improvisational nature of jazz.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Meet the Author
Kristyn Crow lives in Layton, Utah. This is her first book.
Mike Lester lives in Rome, Georgia. His A Is for Salad was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.
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Great style throughout the entire book. Loveable characters and fun action for kids! Teaches scatting and syncopation through the cleverly written text. Wow!
Great cleaver book with a fun catchy story.