This Jazz Man

Today’s Review of the Day is brought to you by our Picture Book Non-Fiction Committee Organizer, Chris Barton.  Chris is a writer of Non-Fiction for Children and runs a wonderful blog about writing and books for kids at Bartography.

Today Chris reviews a title nominated for a Non-Fiction Picture Book Cybil, This Jazz Man. Thisjazzman783645


The last time I wrote about children’s books about jazz music and musicians, I overlooked a major part of their (potential) appeal: the fun to be had when a playful author turns the sounds of jazz into words on a page. Jazz has never seemed more joyful than in this new title (Harcourt, 11/06) by Karen Ehrhardt and illustrated by R. G. Roth.

A counting book set to the rhythm of "This Old Man" (I suppose the text could be read instead of sung, but why would you want to?), This Jazz Man offers two-page spreads devoted to each of nine late, great leading lights of jazz. Each included instrument gets one…

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