All that Jazz

January 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers; published by Holiday House, New York; 2006.

Stunning.  From the vivid colors in the end pages and first few pages of the book to the amazing motion drawn into the illustrations, this book is dazzling.  The illustrations were done by painting black ink outlines and shadows on acetate then overlaying those on acrylics.  The sense of movement, like the rhythms of jazz, are in-your-face on every page.  Perspective varies from page to page, as does the tone of the images, just like jazz changes from song to song and musician to musician.  The poetry of Walter Dean Myers helps define the varieties of jazz, but really it’s in the images that you get the sense of what each genre sounds like, and feels like.

I would be sure the music teachers are aware of this book—imagine pairing it with a lesson on Dixieland vs. Swing vs. Be-Bop!  Perhaps a program for families could be built around this book by inviting local jazz musicians, high school jazz band or the community jazz band to participate!


Entry filed under: Coretta Scott King Award (author or illustrator), Multicultural Picture Book, Non-fiction or Informational, Picture Book. Tags: , , , , , , .

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