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Jazzmatazz!
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Jazzmatazz!

by Stephanie Calmenson, Bruce Degen (Illustrator)
 

When a piano-playing mouse slips inside a house to get warm, watch out! In no time he has a whole family, then a whole town, making music. They're drumming, fiddling, singing, dancing, and jazzmatazz jamming!

Stephanie Calmenson's sing-aloud words and Bruce Degen's eye-dancing pictures bring music to every page.

What kind of music will you make?

Overview

When a piano-playing mouse slips inside a house to get warm, watch out! In no time he has a whole family, then a whole town, making music. They're drumming, fiddling, singing, dancing, and jazzmatazz jamming!

Stephanie Calmenson's sing-aloud words and Bruce Degen's eye-dancing pictures bring music to every page.

What kind of music will you make?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

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, MA

Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060772895
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/29/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (ALA Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times; Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; and Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!

Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).

Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.

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