Mysterious Thelonious by Chris Raschka

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In his second tribute to a jazz giant, Caldecott Honor Medalist Chris Raschka matches the 12 musical tones of the diatonic scale to the 12 color values of the color wheel, then sets paint strokes for notes and color washes for harmonies, creating an astonishing tribute to musical genius Thelonious Monk. Full color.

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Chris Raschka is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A BALL FOR DAISY and THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW. He is also the illustrator of YO! YES? (which won a Caldecott Honor), SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE, CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP, and FARMY FARM. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
Published September 1, 1997 by Orchard Books. 32 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If part of the joy in Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (1992) was in the sheer bounce of the words, then this book makes music even for readers who don't know who jazz great Thelonious Monk was.

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Raschka (Charlie Parker Played Be Bop), one of the most original illustrators at work today, is at it again, pushing the limits of his chosen craft. Here, bound in a delightful hand-sized volume, his

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Words swoop and dive across the pages (""He played the music of freedom/ Jazz is the music of freedom"") yet, like the musical form itself, return to the simple theme with which the book began: ""This is a story about his music."" In creating this homage to one great artist, Raschka has honored a...

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