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When Little Lil's mother gets sick, Uncle Sudi Man pawns his saxophone to buy medicine, but Little Lil knows that ...
When Little Lil's mother gets sick, Uncle Sudi Man pawns his saxophone to buy medicine, but Little Lil knows that it is her uncle's jazz music that will really help her mother feel better.
Gray (My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, 1995, etc.) sparks warmth that fairly radiates off the page, testifying to the healing powers of music and to the hidden power of love and generosity. She charges the narrative with a hip-hop beat: "So on a snow-swirling day with neon lights far below us blink blink blinking like an upside-down, cold electric sky, Mama Big Lil and I danced on that flat, black rooftop." Newcomer Cohen's illustrations are bright, bold concoctions, as flat and stylized as poster art, full of visual energy as they snap and sizzle along with the story.