Mike Ornstein The Daddy Longlegs Blues

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The Daddy Longlegs Blues

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Daddy Longlegs will have kids singing along with his bluesy song as they read this hip picture book! He’s one cool cat who scats, an eight-legged drummer keeping the beat. He moves and grooves and gets funky across the floor. And one thing’s for sure: no one’s better at getting mellow on a saxophone, and bringing rhythm and soul into every child’s home. Mike Ornstein’s catchy rhyming text is irresistibly musical, and Lisa Kopelke’s witty art features plenty of fun details and an urban, bohemian flair; her sunglasses-wearing title character seems to come straight out of the Beat generation. A glossary of blues terms, a list of instruments played by the characters, and a page of facts about daddy longlegs and blues music provides extra entertaining info.

 

 

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About the Author:

Mike Ornstein is afraid of spiders and has no musical talent whatsoever. This is his first picture book.

 

Lisa Kopelke is the author and illustrator of several children’s books, including The Younger Brother’s Survival Guide, Tissue Please!, and Excuse Me! (all Simon & Schuster). Find out more about her on her Web site, www.lisakopelke.com. 

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Grade 2–4—A rhyming text and sweeping, humorous acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations introduce Daddy Longlegs, a rambler and roamer who makes his way across the pages of this book, singing the Daddy Longlegs Blues. "He'll scat across your ceiling.../and get funky on your floor./Shake his booty down your hallway/and then shimmy out the door." For the most part, the rhyming cadence works well, but in a few instances it switches, making the rhythm a little awkward to read aloud. A concluding section provides brief information on the history of the blues and its influence on jazz, rock, soul, R&B, and hip-hop. A glossary of blues terms as well as a list of the musical instruments played by Daddy Longlegs are also provided (fiddle, bass guitar, guitar, saxophone, drum percussion instrument, and the piano). This is a fun, visual interpretation of a musical style that can be incorporated into music units.—Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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