Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Bring on That Beat

Bring on That Beat

Spring 2002 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
By: Rachel Isadora
ISBN: 0-399-23232-X
Hardcover Price: $14.99
With dramatic oil paintings in black, white and grey, artist Rachel Isadora evokes Harlem during the 1930s when jazz was everywhere-- played in clubs, movie theaters and impromptu rooftop concerts. To give young listeners some sense of the music's rhythm and power, the artist injects splashes of brightly colored, computer-generated designs. These effectively make her pages jump and jive. Though we can't hear the music, we can almost see it. A minimalist text of snappy couplets ("Trumpet a song, Groove the night long") is almost superfluous. This is a visual tour de force.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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