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Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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From the author of FRIDA comes a jangly, jumpy, beboping book about Dizzy Gillespie, the clown prince of jazz.

This is the story of Dizzy Gillespie, a real cool cat who must have been born with a horn in his hands, judging from the way he played the trumpet. Jazz was his ticket on a train to better days, and he left his hard life in a small town for New York City and the hottest band around. But did Dizzy stand straight and play right? NO! He was a clown. He hit high notes, low notes, never-been-heard notes, and before he knew it, Dizzy created a whole new music: BEBOP.

This is a story about a boy who breaks all the rules -- and finds his own personal heaven along the way.

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User Review  - Ginger_Malone - LibraryThing

An amazing book, that is sure to draw kids in with it's amazing illustrations. There are some themes in this book that might upset very young readers. I would use to to teach about onomatopoeia. Read full review

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User Review  - KFBruck - LibraryThing

This is a great book to have because it appeals to the children interested in music and it’s great to have to read to children during Black History month. Although I would recommend this to various ... Read full review


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Jonah Winter spent most of his Texas childhood painting pictures, playing musical instruments, and writing poems. His many picture-book biographies include Frida, illustrated by Ana Juan, winner of an Américas Honor Award, and Dizzy, illustrated by Sean Qualls, which was named a Child Best Book of 2006. Most recently, he collaborated with his illustrator mother Jeanette Winter on The Secret World of Hildegard. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information about Jonah Winter, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks

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