Doo-Wop Popby Roni Schotter, Bryan Collier
Elijah Earl is used to keeping to himself. But he's not the only quiet one—Alishah hides behind her head scarf, Jacob twitches out of sight, Luis hides behind a book, and Pam Pam is the shyest of them all. It is not until the school janitor they call Doo-Wop Pop steps in that things begin to change for these shy students. Doo-Wop Pop, who was once an a… See more details below
Elijah Earl is used to keeping to himself. But he's not the only quiet one—Alishah hides behind her head scarf, Jacob twitches out of sight, Luis hides behind a book, and Pam Pam is the shyest of them all. It is not until the school janitor they call Doo-Wop Pop steps in that things begin to change for these shy students. Doo-Wop Pop, who was once an a cappella star, helps them form an unlikely doo-wop group, teaching them to be-boppa bold, be-boppa brave, and come-a, come-a, come-a outta the cave. By making music together, Elijah and the others form lasting friendships and discover talents they didn't even know they had!
This uplifting tale with vibrant artwork from Caldecott Honorwinning illustrator Bryan Collier can't be-boppa beat!
Collier's cut-paper and painted collages and Schotter's words sing, snap, and sashay throughout this story of a former doo-wop singer and his newfound protégés. Mr. Searle's identity is developed in a series of visuals that start on the title page. The cream-colored sweats he wears while performing his soft-shoe with a broom contrast with the pastel suit and pompadour he sported while crooning behind a microphone. The tale is told through the eyes of Elijah Earl, one of several shy kids at the African-American school where Doo-Wop Pop is the janitor. He corrals these students after-hours, and, in teaching them how to make music without instruments, helps them discover unique strengths and the joy of community. His instruction to "collect all kinds of sounds" so they can find their own has the children listening to the "squawking talk of blackboard chalk" and "papers folding, teachers scolding, the tickity-tock of our classroom clock." Paragraphs that look like prose surprise and delight as the rhyme kicks in and the rhythm builds, lines flowing effortlessly. Pop's doo-wop scatting is distinguished by a larger, distinctive blue font. Collier's scenes pulsate with pattern and pizzazz. Stairways mimic piano keys, spotlights are shaped like explosive stars, blackboards are fragmented into shades of blue. The raplike fluidity of the text and the theme of finding fulfillment through musical expression are elements that will resonate with audiences. Endpapers featuring names of '50s a cappella groups provide a reason to get the party started with a be-boppa bang.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Roni Schotter is the award-winning author of many picture books for children, including Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street; The Boy Who Loved Words; Mama, I'll Give You the World; and In the Piney Woods. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with her family.
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I'd like to recommend children's books written by Roni Schotter especially DOO-WOP POP, THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING and MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD. Roni Schotter is the author of NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, used a lot in schools to model writing, and of THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS which won the Parents Choice Award.