The Jukebox Man by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

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Donna drops a nickel into the jukebox. With a whirr and a click the record falls into place and Elvis begins singing Blue Suede Shoes. The jukebox flashes red, yellow, and green as she dances to the beat. Donna's grandfather is a jukebox man. He has jukeboxes in dozens of diners, fish camps, and truck stops all over the state. Poppaw makes his rounds--changing records and fixing the machines. And as the jukeboxes throw patches of light on the floor, Donna discovers a whole new world. Jacqueline Ogburn's engaging story and James Ransome's sensitive paintings recapture a time when jukeboxes played the latest tunes and a young girl and her grandfather could share a special day. Jacqueline K. Ogburn's grandfather really was a jukebox man. Her most recent picture book, The Reptile Ball, was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. James E. Ransome's many books for children include The Creation, which won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration.

About Jacqueline K. Ogburn

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Long is a graduate of Syracuse University with a master's degree in fine arts. She is currently a professor of art at California State University, Northridge. Ogburn grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. Her hobbies include renovating a seventy-year-old house where she lives with her husband Den Deahl and young daughters Claire and Emily.
Published May 1, 1998 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Children's Books. Fiction

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An adult look back at a childhood experience, in a volume that may be too blindly nostalgic to have relevance for children.

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Ogburn (The Reptile Ball) reminisces about the jukebox days of the 1950s through a girl's treasured Saturday spent with her grandfather.

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