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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 ...

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Overview

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 Honor–winning illustrator Bryan Collier can't be-boppa beat!

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Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This inspirational and uplifting story will inspire children of all ages and backgrounds. Set in a city school, the story tells of young Elijah Earl, who sneaks off to watch Mr. Searle, the building maintenance man, as he does his doo-wop pop with a broom and a mop. Mr. Searle once performed with a doo-wop group called the Icicles, and he sees potential not only in Elijah, but also in several other students who, like Elijah, are shy and introverted. Mr. Searle gathers this group of youngsters together and helps teach them to find their own voice and rhythm by listening to the world around them. More importantly, Mr. Searle teaches the children how to dream. Told entirely in rhyme, this book has its own rhythm and the illustrations are fantastic. Bryan Collier is the illustrator of several Caldecott honor books and the illustrations in this book have his same unique blend of realistic photographs and extraordinary artwork. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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K-Gr 5

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060579746
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Roni Schotter, children's book author

    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.

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