Dizzy by Jonah Winter

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From the author of FRIDA comes a jangly, jumpy, beboping book about Dizzy Gillespie, the clown prince of jazz.

This is the story of Dizzy Gillespie, a real cool cat who must have been born with a horn in his hands, judging from the way he played the trumpet. Jazz was his ticket on a train to better days, and he left his hard life in a small town for New York City and the hottest band around. But did Dizzy stand straight and play right? NO! He was a clown. He hit high notes, low notes, never-been-heard notes, and before he knew it, Dizzy created a whole new music: BEBOP.

This is a story about a boy who breaks all the rules -- and finds his own personal heaven along the way.

About Jonah Winter

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Jonah Winter spent most of his Texas childhood painting pictures, playing musical instruments, and writing poems. His many picture-book biographies include Frida, illustrated by Ana Juan, winner of an Américas Honor Award, and Dizzy, illustrated by Sean Qualls, which was named a Child Best Book of 2006. Most recently, he collaborated with his illustrator mother Jeanette Winter on The Secret World of Hildegard. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information about Jonah Winter, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks
Published January 1, 2006 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The narrative focuses on Gillespie’s own emotional and artistic journey, celebrating his desire to take risks “until the very thing that had gotten him into trouble / so much— / being a clown, breaking all the rules— / had become the thing that made him great, / .

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Readers need not know anything about the man's music to appreciate the character at the center of this verse, which nimbly sketches his rise from swing band sideman to one of cool jazz's supreme innovators: " 'Bebop .'/ That's what Dizzy called/ this crazy kind of jazz/ that he had invented jus...

Oct 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Dizzy

Baseball America

Nearly two decades before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, another African American legend was facing off against major leaguers in front of full houses, packed with both black and white fans.

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