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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  - kbuffum13 - LibraryThing

This children’s book captured the life of Dizzy Gillespie. He was abused as a kid and took the anger he had inside and redirected into learning the trumpet. This gave home the ability to change his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Talwold - LibraryThing

This is a neat story of Dizzy Gillespie and how music helped him escape a troubled childhood. He leaves his life in the south and his abusive father for his chance at music in New York. He goes from fighting to pouring his heart into his music. 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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