Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

by Matthew Gollub

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School Library Journal
Gr 3—Jazz Fly and his band can only get to and from a jungle club gig (and out of trouble) if they use the right Spanish words. But on the CD, Gollub tells young audiences that Spanish is not the only language to listen for in this story. They also must listen for "jazz words": nonsense syllables that evoke classic scat singing. The Spanish words appear in pink text, while jazz words appear in green. This technique helps young readers distinguish between the two. While the colorful text and bright illustrations will appeal to children, this book may be most effective in conjunction with the CD. The lively narration brings the text's jazz and Latin rhythms to life; this quality may not be evident when read by less musically talented adults. The author also adds effective sound effects, such as club chatter and rain-forest noises, which suggest atmosphere without drowning out the narration. His musical flair also extends to introducing instruments. Gollub presents the name of an instrument, the sound it makes, and then plays a few notes. His note explains his creative process and gives educators useful information and ideas. This book is best suited for music units or public-library music programs.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
Kirkus Reviews
Jazz Fly and his band are back (The Jazz Fly, 2000) for a bilingual adventure: a tropical-rainforest gig plus car trouble. Using his "Jazz-Spanish" phrase book, he enlists a sleepy sloth, a hyperactive monkey and an obliging macaw, alighting at the Termite Nook in time. His quartet's grooves are interrupted dramatically when an anteater literally crashes the party. A message-a second language enriches life-is overplayed, but the cross-cultural interplay of scat and Latin rhythms wins out. A funkified layer of elementary science, delivered winkingly, adds a soupcon of cool. "On till dawn, the two bands played. Larvae danced. A thousand eggs were laid." The accompanying CD is positively integral: Gollub's band's Latin jazz arrangements are-unusual for children's music-actually tight. The narration's occasionally shrill, but Gollub's iteration of the chorus ("CHOO-ka CHOO-ka TING. ?Ay, caramba! ?Como como llego a la CHOO-ka pachanga?") is required hearing for anyone aspiring to read this text aloud (which is a must). Hanke supplies breezy, computer-enhanced illustrations, delivering swarming details from diaphanous wings to pools of ambient lighting to bug eyes extraordinaire. ?Que bueno! (author's note) (Picture book/CD. 5-8)

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Tortuga Press
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Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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