Don Carter Heaven's All-Star Jazz Band

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Heaven's All-Star Jazz Band

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In a text that grooves and swings with the rhythms of jazz, Don Carter celebrates some of America’s greatest jazz legends.
Grandpa Jack loved jazz. He called it “heavenly.” So now that heaven is where Grandpa Jack’s at, his grandson imagines it to be a place filled with music. In a club called the Cotton, Grandpa Jack can hear all his favorite musicians play together in Heaven’s All-Star Jazz Band. And when that glorious music has filled his soul, Grandpa Jack steps up onto the stage and adds his own bit of rhythm with his famous spoons solo.
Don Carter celebrates some of jazz’s greatest legends and the lasting bond their music creates between a boy and his grandfather.

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Don Carter has always listened to jazz while making his amazing three-dimensional paintings, so creating this all-star lineup was a thrill. Mr. Carter’s illustrations enliven Wake Up House! and Hello School!, both by Dee Lillegard.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-From its captivating endpapers to its funky title page, this book will draw readers in with its strong, pulsing beat. A small boy imagines that his Grandpa Jack, who loved jazz and who is now up in heaven, is surrounded by all the greats. In Heaven's Cotton Club, there's an all-star band filled with all the immortals from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. Grandpa Jack hangs back, nervous about being in the company of these jazz legends, but the music draws him in and finally, after watching the singers and musicians he's loved all his life, he starts moving and grooving to their sounds, even playing the spoons. His musicality earns him his angel wings. Foam-board collage paintings with thick brush strokes give many figures and scenes a three-dimensional appearance. Rachel Isadora's Bring on That Beat (Putnam, 2002) and Chris Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Orchard, 1992) use illustration with minimal text to celebrate the sound and beat of the music. Jonathan London's Hip Cat (Chronicle, 1993) and Alice Faye Duncan's Willie Jerome (Macmillan, 1995) tell more of a story. This book does both, using sound words, rhyme, and rhythm with stylized illustration to tell an imaginative tale and pay tribute to the music and its stars.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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