— and you don’t have to be a jazz aficionado to enjoy them.
This book by Neil — a friend — draws readers, whatever their musical allegiance, into the jazz world in vibrant and savory ways.
Neither book attempts to tie the shapes to words that begin with those letters. In the now-classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr.
Thus, “R” is for Django Reinhardt (illustrated invitingly with smoke curling from the cigarette in his lips beneath a pencil-thin moustache as he plays his guitar), and “G” is for Dexter Gordon (a straight-head presence on the page, either just getting ready to play or just finishing).
On the lefthand page of each spread are a few sentences from Neil, such as his comment on Billie Holiday: , Joe Zawinul composed the title cut. I later learned that he was picked to participate the night before the recording session, and was asked to “bring music.” is in Neil’s images of these 26 jazz stalwarts.
Demonstrating craft-related verbs, a group of mice airbrushes, buttons, and carves a giant alphabet. Jerry Pallotta is the king of this subgenre with more than twenty titles to his name ().
If you can match the theme to a child’s particular interest, then you may have a winner.