Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

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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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10.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
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5 - 8 Years

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Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Room_9_Kindergarten More than 1 year ago
A Review of Jazz Fly 2 by Room 9 Kindergarten We like the book Jazz Fly 2. What we like about the book is that it has a CD and it has a lot of details and music. We like when they say, “Ah Caramba!” because it makes us laugh so hard. We all laugh and dance. We like Jazz Fly 2 because it’s so funny. It’s in Spanish and English, and it’s perfect for us because many of us are learning Spanish and English. We like the Spanish parts. We like the whole book. We love the book! We are big fans of Matthew Gollub because he writes all the Jazz Fly books, and other books we like such as La Luna Se Fue De Fiesta, Uncle Snake, and Gobble, Quack, Moon.
sneps More than 1 year ago
Matthew Gollub is a musical genius. He not only makes this story pop to life with his tone, the music, and song, but the repetition is wonderful for children to sing along with him. When you first open the book, you will see little phrases of English and Spanish for your child to read with you. The animation in Matthew's voice makes it very difficult to sit in one place for very long. My daughter was dancing to the music and my son was enjoying the story as well.
Miss_Heidi More than 1 year ago
This sequel to Matthew Gollub's "The Jazz Fly" is pure fun. Add this one to your child's collection as another great source of musical and bi-cultural education. My kids love both books! "Jazz Fly 2" has added Latin rhythms and Spanish to his repertoire as he and his buggy band travel through the rainforest. My 8 year old appreciated the theme, having just studied the rainforest in school. Like the first book, the groove and scatting are catchy. The same jazz quartet from "The Jazz Fly" plays along on the accompanying CD, and the termite house band showcases different Latin percussion instruments. My youngest grabs her maracas and shakes along with the beat! "Jazz Fly 2" is illustrated again by Karen Hanke. The colors are as vibrant and varied as the spectrum of color to be found in the jungle. It's lovely. And so is the book's lesson: the benefit of learning another language. The Jazz Fly must use his Spanish phrase book to find his way. A native sloth, spider monkey and macaw are able to help out. Later he saves the day using his new language skills when an anteater threatens his friends at the dance party. There are 40 Spanish words used in the book, and they are color-coded. Your child can see the Spanish words this way while they hear them. Using Latin beats and Spanish words, reading and listening to "Jazz Fly 2, The Jungle Pachanga" is a wonderful way to continue my kids travels through the world of books. "Choo-ka Choo-ka Ting. Ay, caramba! Cómo cómo llego a la Choo-ka pachanga?"