The Jazz Fly

The Jazz Fly

Starring the Jazz Bugs

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Jazz Fly, looking for directions to town, recreates the answers he receives from a frog, a hog, a donkey, and a dog, in his night club act.

Independent Publishing Group
This singular story about musical insects celebrates language and the inventive spirit of jazz. The book includes an audio CD featuring the author’s rhythmic narration of the story set to a jazz quartet. A fly, who speaks jazz, asks different critters which way to town. “Rrribit,” replies the frog. “Oink,” says the hog. Although baffled, the fly hears music in their words, and that evening he uses those sounds to set the insect dinner club a hoppin.’ The computer enhanced artwork of Karen Hanke perfectly complements the text and CD. Get ready to tap, snap, and swing to the beat as Nancy the Gnat, Willie the Worm, and Sammy the Centipede take the stage. Here’s a combination of storytelling, visual art, and music for children to savor time and again.

Writer’s Digest National Self-Published Book Award
America’s #1 Recommended Children’s Book -Children’s Book Sense 76
Benjamin Franklin Award for children’s book/audio book
Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children
California Department of Education Suggested Reading
San Francisco Chronicle Editors’ Picks
Featured on “West Coast Live” and major jazz radio stations

& Taylor

While seeking directions to town, a fly picks up the rhythm of the answers he gets from a frog, a hog, a donkey, and a dog, and then uses these sounds to jazz up his band's music.

Publisher: Santa Rosa, Calif. : Tortuga Press, c2000
ISBN: 9781889910178
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm. + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.)


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Nov 13, 2010

The meter of this book is fantastic. It almost reminded me of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for some reason.


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