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Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts

Jazzy Miz Mozetta

by Brenda C. Roberts

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Elder folks are positively portrayed with pluck and vigor. The flinging of arms and legs lend themselves to the movement of the story. There's also something very real about the Miz Mozetta's sagging breasts and wide hips!
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a cute realistic fiction book about an elderly woman who wants to go out dancing on the perfect night. She sees some neighbor kids dancing and asks if she can join but when she is turned down she heads inside feeling sorry for herself. When her friends see this they decide to bring the dancing to her. They start jitterbug dancing, which draws the attention of the neighbor kids. They ask to dance and are at first turned down, but then Miz Mozetta decides they should learn how to dance. She calls the kids back up and they all dance the night away. ( )
  kvelin | Apr 7, 2015 |
With words like "pizzazzy" and "skiddle dee wee bop", this would be a fun story to read out loud to young students. They would enjoy Miz Mozetta and her night out on the town as well as the lively illustrations. This book would be a good introduction to onomatopoeia for young students. ( )
  akrause | Nov 27, 2012 |
Miz Mozetta opens up her window to a beautiful evening so she decides to go on a stroll. Before she leaves, she puts on her pretty plum powder, tango mango lipstick, and chooses her bright bed fancy dress. She walks down the street where she is stopped and asked to play checkers. All she wants to do is dance and heads over to the music coming from across the street. Two young children are doing some dance moves and they say Mis. Mozetta can't keep up. She walks back upstair upset until she starts a party of her own. Soon the two children knock on the door, they want to learn dance moves, too. But they were turned down because they couldn't do the moves. Everyone soon realizes something is missing and the two different age groups teach each other moves. ( )
  SarahChaisson | Apr 30, 2012 |
It’s a beautiful night, so Miz Mozetta puts on her bright red dress, pizzazzy hat, and fancy blue shoes and heads out for a stroll. Miz Mozetta is fascinated by two youngsters dancing to their boom box across the street. She tries to dance with her friends, but they complain their dancing days are over. She tries to join the kids, but they turn her away, thinking she is too old. Sadly, Miz Mozetta goes home and listens to the radio, dreaming of her youthful days “doing the jitterbug, wild and free.” All of a sudden there’s a knock at the door and her living room is alive with jitterbugging friends, young and old.

Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award, this book is full of jazzy, scat-like phrases and energetic illustrations. The text evokes the jazz area and the illustrations push that idea, as well as the story, forward. The characters are exaggerated, with long limbs and distinctive postures. The dynamic painted illustrations explore every inch of available space, making it seem as though the dancers will jump out of the book.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-76-jazzy-miz-mozetta-by-brenda-...
  amy-picturebookaday | Mar 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374336741, Hardcover)

"Okay, young cats, let the beat hit your feet."

One fine evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her firecracker-red dress and heads outside to enjoy the moonlight. When she hears the neighborhood kids' music, she's inspired to dance, but her old friends have too many aches and pains to join her. The kids doubt that Miz Mozetta would be able to keep up with them. So she retreats to her parlor, where she dreams about the old days at the Blue Pearl Ballroom. Just when her feet are itching to get out there and do the jitterbug -- friends or no friends -- a knock comes on the door, and Miz Mozetta gets some welcome company.

Lively, colorful illustrations and a rhythmic text make for a jazzy dance party that readers will delight in attending again and again.
Jazzy Miz Mozetta is the winner of the 2005 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:17 -0400)

On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before.

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