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PreS-K- This cheerful book about making one's own music is full of color and sound. When a little mouse escapes a cold winter's day by seeking shelter in a nearby house, he sets a "jazzmatazz story" in motion. He plinks on the piano, which inspires the dog to drum with his bowl and bones, the cat to play fiddle, the bird to "Tweetily-tweet," and so forth until the entire household and neighborhood have joined the jam session. Degen fills the white space on the pages with colorful zigzags, curlicues, stars, and other patterns to show how the music is connecting and joining all of the characters together. By the end of the book they have become part of a stained-glass window of merriment, united beneath the words "Doo-dat, diddy-dat,/Diddy-dat, Doo!" which is the refrain that bridges each new musician to the next. This is a spirited book that readers could have a lot of fun with. Combine it with Elizabeth Nygaard's Snake Alley Band (Doubleday, 1988) and Jonathan London's Froggy Plays in the Band (Viking, 2002) for a foot-tapping storytime.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.