Jazz Cats

Jazz Cats

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by David Davis, Chuck Galey
     
 

A rhythmic jazzy story in verse, Jazz Cats tells about the escapades of some real cool New Orleans cats that know how to entertain. From the blow of the clarinet and trumpet to the pluck of the fiddle bass and beating the trash can drums, these Dixie, dancin', jazz cats know how to have fun.

Overview

A rhythmic jazzy story in verse, Jazz Cats tells about the escapades of some real cool New Orleans cats that know how to entertain. From the blow of the clarinet and trumpet to the pluck of the fiddle bass and beating the trash can drums, these Dixie, dancin', jazz cats know how to have fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hepcats rule in this spirited but uneven tribute to the swinging beat of the New Orleans jazz scene. Whisking readers to a "back-alley corner off of Bourbon Street," Davis introduces a talented lineup of felines in a Big Easy band from "Old Wailing Tijon" on bass and "little skinny Tyrone" on trumpet to a "hot piano kitty with the name Louise" who serves up "some Satchmo and some Holiday/ Down in the Quarter when these jive cats play." Davis clearly had fun with this one, shoehorning in an abundance of jazz slang (e.g., "a real cool daddy from across the tracks"; "Jazz Cats!/ Far-out Jazz Cats!") and references to well-known New Orleans destinations and cuisine (including Preservation Hall, crawfish pie, gumbo and beignets). But a number of amateurish rhymes ("The folks down there never throw a shoe,/ 'Cause the air is filled with sweet jazz and blues"), awkward scans and a bounty of exclamation points hamper the effect. Galey's illustrations are competent and colorful, but readers don't get a feel for the bayou city or the individual characters. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A rhyming text describes a New Orleans jazz band of six cats: "On a summer evening along about nine,/Sneak down the alley-hear those cats unwind!/All the French Quarter kitties go to party there,/And each cat brings along a beau or cher./Jazz Cats!/Party Jazz Cats!" Verses spotlight members of the band and their instruments as the musicians play until dawn and then sleep on the benches of Jackson Square, waiting for the next night of music. Bright cartoon illustrations, with the text superimposed on them, capture the feel of the city and underline the personalities of the felines, all dressed in finery and eating at the Cafe Du Monde, even though they perform on an alley wall and sleep on benches. Although neither art nor text is outstanding, the book is of interest for its evocation of the musical nightlife of New Orleans-a timely offering given the renewed focus on jazz.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565548596
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2001
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
773,526
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Davis is the author of almost a dozen books with Pelican, including Jazz Cats, a 2002 Children's Book Choice selection; Librarian's Night Before Christmas; Nurse's Night Before Christmas; Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book; Texas Aesop's Fables; Texas Mother Goose; and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. Four of his books have earned spots on the Accelerated Reader list. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Chuck Galey opened his own illustration studio in 1985. In addition to My Brother Dan's Delicious, SantaSaurus, Jazz Cats, and Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, all published by Pelican, he has illustrated more than thirty educational books.

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Jazz Cats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of children's books, and this is one of the best! Your kids will love all the wonderful kitties and their cool sound! Davis's book is purrrr-fect for little ones just learning to read because of the repetition, rhythm, and rhyme! And you've got to see Galey's illustration of Louise, the cute Siamese cat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations and dynamic writing make this book a delight for children of all ages.