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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0823415457
ISBN-13: 9780823415458
Sku: 202490945
Publish Date: 9/15/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 11.5H x 9.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  44
Age Range:  12 to 15
Critically acclaimed children's writer and poet Walter Dean Myers teams up with his wildly talented son, Christopher Myers, to create a valentine to jazz. Gorgeous acrylics sing as intensely rhythmic words dance to jazzy beats. Accompanied by a glossary and timeline. (from the first line)
From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie--and every style in between--this collection of energetic poems, accompanied by bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. Full color.
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Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.
Combining Walter Dean Myers's invigorating, quicksilver poetry with his son Christopher's deliciously vivid, energetic paintings, this beautifully illustrated picture book is filled with 15 poems dedicated to jazz, jazz, and more jazz. The poems include the very notion of this powerful form of music in "Jazz," an ode its scintillating energy in "Be-Bop," and "Three Voices," dedicated to the bass, the piano, and the horn. With a glossary. A 2007 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, as well a 2006 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year and a Best Kirkus Children's Book of 2006.
Author Bio
Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers's mother died when he was young, leaving his father to raise eight children alone. When he was three, Walter was taken in by a nearby couple, Herbert and Florence Dean, who moved with him to Harlem, New York. A speech impediment contributed to his unhappy time in school, although he did love to read and write. When he was 16 he won a prize in an essay contest, which encouraged him to continue his writing although he eventually dropped out of school and joined the Army. Afterward, he held a series of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. His first book for children, WHERE DOES THE DAY GO?, was published in 1969 after it won a competition sponsored by the Council on Interracial Books for Children. Myers has been awarded the Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contributions to young adult literature.


"This offering stands as a welcome addition to the literature of jazz: In a genre all too often done poorly for children, it stands out as one of the few excellent treatments." 09/01/2006

"[A] scintillating paean to jazz. Walter Dean Myers infuses his lines...with so much savvy syncopation that readers can't help but be swept up in the rhythms...Christopher Myers...dynamically enlarges key compositional elements..." 08/07/2006

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0044
Product attributePublisher:   Holiday House
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