Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Back Catalog Posts: Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
By Mary K.
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2007
On the dedication page, we see daddy putting on a record while looking slyly over at baby’s crib. This begins a musical party where hands tap, fingers snap, momma and daddy sing while everyone dances - including baby! More and more family join in the good times, until the music quiets down and baby’s rocked to sleep with an “Oh, yeah!” Just try and read this story aloud without tapping your toe or clapping your hands! Christie’s illustrations move with the music in bodies with elongated curved limbs, and through it all, baby is the center of attention. Baby’s whole family bops to the beat in this surefire baby or toddler storytime hit.
Themes/topics: jazz, music, babies, family, stories with a beat, dance, noise
Sample text from two spreads:
"Cousins BOOM-BOOM. Neighbors hip-hop. Rompin’-stompin’ Baby goes BOP-BOP-BOP!
Mama swings high. Daddy swings low. Swingin’-singin’ Baby says, 'GO, MAN, GO!'''