Hot Jazz Special

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Candlewick Press, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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Grab your porkpie hat and groove to the swinging artwork and syncopated text of this introduction to nine of the hottest jazz artists of all time.

Join young Henry at the Body & Soul Cafe and enter a world of hipsters, flipsters, and finger-poppin' daddies—where to jump is to jive and to bop is to be! Some of the greatest names in jazz are about to hit the scene, ready to blow those blues away. Meet Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Walter Page, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington, all on one stage for a night you'll never forget. Jonny Hannah has created a one-night special of red-hot rhymes and bold poster-style art that captures the rhythms and feel of jazz for newcomers and fans alike. Musicians' biographies at the end offer suggested listening for savoring the true flavor of each cat's style.

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This is one busy book! The illustrator covered every inch of the page with an image and every time you look at the page something different pops out at you. What's great about this book is readers are ... Read full review


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It's usually a bad sign when a publisher feels a need to print the entire text of a picture book a second time, at the end, without pictures. In this case, it's clear why that choice was made: This ... Read full review


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Johnny Hannah has had a lifetime passion for music. He says that HOT JAZZ SPECIAL, his first children's book, "is about the healing power of good music, music with soul." Jonny Hannah runs his own cottage industry, the Cakes & Ale Press, publishing hand-printed homages to music greats of yesteryear. He has illustrated numerous book covers and also designed the award-winning short animated film THE MAN WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES for British television. Jonny Hannah lives with his partner and young son in Southampton, England, where he wears correspondent shoes and aspires to be an angel-headed hipster.

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