Wheeler, Lisa. Jazz Baby. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Book Review.

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Not only did my little granddaughter repeatedly asked for this book, but she walked around the house saying “jazz baby” and “go, man, go.” This is a super enjoyable book to read to a child. It is rhythmic and interactive. Even if the child has never heard a single bit of jazz music, they will go away with an idea of its flavor.

Written in rhyme and easily sung, the book shows how a baby’s musical family entertains him, and each other, throughout the day. It begins, “Brothers hands tap. Sister’s hand snap. Itsy-bitsy Baby’s hands clap – clap – clap!”

The illustrations are odd. People are drawn with black outlines colored in with watercolors. Features are exaggerated and distorted. Most arms and legs are like spaghetti, lacking elbows and knees. Yet, it works.

Neither you nor your child will tire of this book.

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