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Bird & Diz

by Gary Golio

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At first glance the unique illustrations immediately peaked my interest. The slightly abstract art seems to be made with charcoal and pastel chalk. There are vibrant colors of pink, orange, green, and blue peppered throughout the book. One very unique aspect to this book is that it is an accordion style book. The story is about two historically relevant musicians who created a type of music called bebop. There isn't much content to the book, ranging from a few words to two sentences per page. The author relies heavily on the images which gives the story depth. On the back page there are a few paragraphs explaining a little more about Bird and Diz and how their music impacted musical culture today. I would recommend this book to any child because it is easy reading, visually stimulating, and pleasantly quirky. However, for someone looking for a fact- filled biography I'd suggest looking elsewhere. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Feb 1, 2017 |
A story of two friends who spoke to each other through their music. Creating a new sound that turned heads. Bird and Diz created bebop and achieved a status not many African Americans had at that time. The illustrations and the layout of the book is absolutely amazing. ( )
  dbuster | Apr 20, 2016 |
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie play bebop. A spectacular jam! ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763666602, Hardcover)

An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist improvise a playful tribute to the creators of bebop—Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

When sax player Charlie "Bird" Parker and trumpeter John "Dizzy" Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music—a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises. Blending a playful, rhythmic narration with expressive illustrations as fluid and dynamic as their subjects, this tribute to the masters of bebop by acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:47 -0400)

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