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Though I wasn’t what you’d call a bookish kid, I knew from the fifth grade that I liked to write. I’d discovered the joys of composing words that elicited guffaws from my peers. Next to shooting baskets on the playground after lunch, writing was the activity for me.

When I was 14, I had the opportunity to spend the summer with a family in Quito, Ecuador. There, I first learned how to get along in Spanish. A voyage to the Galápagos and bus journeys through the jungle ignited my life-long love of travel. Later, I graduated from the University of the Pacific with degrees in International Studies and Japanese language. Overseas studies led to overseas jobs—as a copywriter, newscaster, and touring member of a Japanese taiko drum troupe. The broader a writer’s experiences, I figured, the richer his perspective would be.

Translating and writing ads for an ad agency provided good technical training. Since I hadn’t majored in English or journalism, I was grateful to hone my skills on the job. But the more I worked within the confines of advertising, the more I wanted to create my own stories.

In 1990, I went to Oaxaca, Mexico, where a friend introduced me to Leovigildo Martinez. A jovial spirit and a magnificent painter; Leo introduced me to Oaxacan markets and villages. As a fine artist, he had never illustrated books but suggested we collaborate on Oaxacan tales for children. The idea was to take threads of existing folklore, then create stories to be understood universally. The region’s phenomenal array of indigenous cultures—their pyramids, textiles, fiestas, and crafts—posed too delicious a challenge to turn down. Although I had never written for children, I told Leo, “Me gusta la idea.”

I based our first book, The Twenty-five Mixtec Cats, on my experiences with a Oaxacan healer. The title for our second book, The Moon Was at a Fiesta, was borrowed from a proverb Leo taught me that explains why the moon is sometimes out in the morning. Further travels and a love of jazz later inspired The Jazz Fly, and Jazz Fly 2, two of my most popular books with audio CD. I feel that stories in foreign settings are of great value to children, and that ultimately the world’s peoples must learn from each other to solve the many problems we face. If the stories incorporate rhythm and a musical score all the better!

At home, I find inspiration to write from playing drums. I have conga drums, bongo drums, a drum set, and a Middle Eastern dumbek, on which I am fond of tapping rhythms between composing paragraphs. For this reason, I do not live in apartment buildings, and colleagues do not invite me to share office space.

Writing children’s books has lead to invitations to visit schools, where I enjoy presenting my stories in English and Spanish, playing hand drums, and showing slides. My interests since fifth grade have broadened but not changed. Writing is still the activity for me, but now I prefer to play basketball before lunch.

As a speaker, Matthew inspires audiences nationwide with his storytelling, drumming and command of languages—a combination that teachers describe as “unbelievably dynamic.” He also offers family literacy events in English, Spanish, or both at the same time! Download his FREE bilingual literacy resources and check out his video clips at http://www.matthewgollub.com/home.html

Matthews accomplishments include:
  • 15 books, 25 national awards and distinctions
  • Performed at over 1.000 school and educational conferences
  • Appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows

Published Books

Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga (book w/ audio CD)

Matthew Gollub (Author) Karen Hanke (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Tortuga Pr; Hardcover w/ Audio CD edition (June 15, 2010)  

ISBN-10: 1889910449
ISBN-13:
978-1889910444 ORDER    

To get an idea of how kids react to this best-selling book with audio, Click The Image to watch this adorable school play based on the CD on YouTube!

If you loved the Jazz Fly, you ll love the second book! If you haven t yet met Jazz Fly, you're in for a CHOO-ka CHOO-ka treat! Author Matthew Gollub creates an amazing story with Zippidy-BING! As an award-winning author and tri-lingual performer, Jazz Fly 2 showcases his talents as both a writer and an entertainer. While the book is great on its own, it really comes to life with the accompanying CD, full of scat riffs, rhythmic Spanish, and Latin-flavored jazz. The Jazz Fly finds himself in the rain forest. His jungle adventure begins as his limousine breaks down. He needs to get to the Chooka Pachanga (the party), and he receives help from a sloth, a monkey, and a macaw to get to El Termite Nook. Los Jazz Bugs, headlined by the Jazz Fly, begin playing to a crowded nest of bugs skiddily bopping the night away. But things change when an anteater crashes the fiesta... Find out how Jazz Fly and his friends get back to swinging in the jungle! The book's ending leaves you craving the Carribean Seas! Karen Hanke's color-infused art gives the book a fun tropical flavor. Matthew Gollub is one of my favorite authors and performers and I think he'll be one of yours too! --Diane de las Casas, Author/Storyteller

From School Library Journal Jazz Fly and his band can only get to and from a jungle club gig (and out of trouble) if they use the right Spanish words. But on the CD, Gollub tells young audiences that Spanish is not the only language to listen for in this story. They also must listen for “jazz words”: nonsense syllables that evoke classic scat singing. The Spanish words appear in pink text, while jazz words appear in green. This technique helps young readers distinguish between the two. While the colorful text and bright illustrations will appeal to children, this book may be most effective in conjunction with the CD. The lively narration brings the text's jazz and Latin rhythms to life; this quality may not be evident when read by less musically talented adults. The author also adds effective sound effects, such as club chatter and rain-forest noises, which suggest atmosphere without drowning out the narration. His musical flair also extends to introducing instruments. Gollub presents the name of an instrument, the sound it makes, and then plays a few notes. His note explains his creative process and gives educators useful information and ideas. This book is best suited for music units or public-library music programs. Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY © Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.

From Booklist  In this bilingual (or trilingual, if swinging jazz scat counts as a language) follow-up to The Jazz Fly (2000), Jazz Fly and his band are on their way to a gig when their limousine breaks down in the jungle. They ride a series of critters through the tropics, fend off a nosy anteater by learning some hepcat Spanish (“Another language helps when you’re in a hole”), then jam till dawn. The bright artwork features digital shapes and gradient coloring, and the band’s adventures are nicely enhanced by the bouncing Latin rhythms and narration on the accompanying CD. Grades K-2. --Ian Chipman
Que bueno! --Kirkus Review    Jazz Fly and his band are back (The Jazz Fly, 2000) for a bilingual adventure: a tropical-rain forest gig plus car trouble. Using his Jazz-Spanish phrase book, he enlists a sleepy sloth, a hyperactive monkey and an obliging macaw, alighting at the Termite Nook in time. His quartet's grooves are interrupted dramatically when an anteater literally crashes the party. A message a second language enriches life is overplayed, but the cross-cultural interplay of scat and Latin rhythms wins out. A funkified layer of elementary science, delivered winkingly, adds a taste of cool. On till dawn, the two bands played. Larvae danced. A thousand eggs were laid. The accompanying CD is positively integral: Gollub's band's Latin jazz arrangement are unusual for children s music actually tight. The narration's occasionally shrill, but Gollub's iteration of the chorus (CHOO-ka CHOO-ka TING, Ay, caramba! Como como llego a la CHOO-ka pachanga?) is required hearing for anyone aspiring to read this text aloud (which is a must). Hanke supplies breezy, computer-enhanced illustrations, delivering swarming details from diaphanous wings to pools of ambient light to bug eyes extraordinaire.

The Jazz Fly (book w/ audio CD)

Matthew Gollub
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Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Tortuga Pr; 1St Edition edition (May 30, 2000)

ISBN-10: 1889910171 ISBN-13: 978-1889910178  Order





A singular story celebrating language and the improvisational spirit of jazz. While seeking directions to town, a scat-singing fly picks up the animal sounds he hears from a frog, a hog, a donkey, and dog. Late that night, at the insect jazz club, the fly uses these sounds to create a new way to play jazz. He is last seen riding off in a fine stretch limousine.

Snagged 5 national awards (Woo-hoo!) including:

*Foreword Reviews Best Books of the Year, Gold Award Winner  *Best Books 2010 Winner, USA Book News  *International Book Awards Winner *Parents' Choice Award *Moonbeam Children's Book Gold Medal

 

 

 

Editorial Reviews
From School Library Journal When a drummer fly gets lost on his way to a gig, he tries to get directions from a frog, a pig, a donkey, and a dog, but none of them speaks his language. He finally finds his way to the club and all is well until the Queen Bee demands "-a new BEAT/or this band is OUT!" The fly is stymied until he remembers the retorts of the animals he heard on his way and uses those noises to create a whole new sound that makes the band famous. The rhyming text includes scat refrains like "ZA-baza, BOO-zaba, ZEE-zah RO-ni" that just beg to be read aloud. The unique illustrations, gray-toned pictures with contrasting hints of pastel colors, were accomplished by scanning pencil sketches into a Macintosh computer and then re-creating them with Adobe Illustrator. One spread features the gray figures of the bassist and saxophonist spotlighted in green and pink, respectively. The text itself is cleverly designed. Words representing sounds are portrayed as if they are coming right out of the animals' mouths in colored fonts. Together the illustrations and book design give the whole enterprise the feel of jazz, even without musical accompaniment. The accompanying CD is delightful. Gollub narrates with a jazzy beat, and the danceable music perfectly accentuates the story. Children will love hearing this book read aloud and imitating the animal sounds and other refrains. A natural for storytimes.
Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist A fly gets lost on his way to a performance, so he asks several animals how to get to town: "ZA-baza, BOO-zaba, ZEE-zah RO-ni?" he asks. The frog, the hog, and the donkey don't understand Jazz Fly, but, fortunately, the dog does. Arriving at the club, Jazz Fly sits down at his drums and begins to play, incorporating the animal sounds into his music to great audience response. The story is slight but bouncy, especially as it's told by the author on the accompanying audie CD, with the narration heightened by the music of a jazz quartet. The illustrations are mostly black, white, and gray, with splashes of color to accentuate the jazzy style. Susan Dove Lempke Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.

Give the Gift! 10 Fulfilling Ways to Raise a Lifetime Reader by Matthew Gollub (Author), Larry Nolte (Illustrator) Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Tortuga Pr; 1st edition (May 2, 2007)

ISBN-10: 1889910422 ISBN-13: 978-1889910420  Order  

Give the Gift! shows parents and caretakers simple but powerful literacy customs to help children cultivate a love of reading at home. Humorous, four-color illustrations depict parents of many ages, with children ranging from infants to teens. Fun, easy-to-read picture book format distinguishes this book. Hints scattered throughout the text expand on central ideas including: finding time to read with kids at home and on the go; making kids of all ages EXCITED about reading; providing plenty of books at home no matter how tight your budget; limiting time that children spend on video games and TV; eye-opening facts about the benefits of reading.


Finalist in The Parenting/Family Category
of The National Best Books 2007 Awards.

Finalist in Best Book Awards 2007 (USA Book News)

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

__From Children's Book Sense 76, the newsletter of independent booksellers nationwide

"The art of improvisation, exuberantly explicated, introduces the American musical form."
—Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children

"An accessible introduction to jazz quartets, scatting and improvisation. It's a cool package."
—San Francisco Chronicle Editors' Picks

"Jazz Fly sits down at his drums and begins to play, incorporating the animal sounds into his music to great audience response."
—Booklist

"The rhyming text includes scat refrains like "ZA-baza, BOO-zaba, ZEE-zah RO-ni" that just beg to be read aloud...The illustrations and book design give the whole enterprise the feel of jazz, even without musical accompaniment. The accompanying CD is delightful. Gollub narrates with a jazzy beat, and the danceable music perfectly accentuates the story. Children will love hearing this book read aloud and imitating the animal sounds and other refrains. A natural for storytimes."
—School Library Journal

"Za-baza Boo-zaba Zee-zah Roni. This jazz-lovin' fly will win a Tony! This is the BEST book to help children hear the sound of jazz, feel the rhythm and participate in some "scattin'"...The inclusion of a CD adds to this book's success. Gollub's speaking voice is musical and in perfect sync with the music, which he also composed. You see and hear the bass, likewise the saxophone, piano and drums in solo work and in combo. Karen Hanke's ingenuity in depicting all of the insects reflects her appreciation of the jazz scene and her love for "bugs."
TNT (Journal for Teachers and Librarians)

"One of the best books on the market today about jazz for young kids."

Craig O'Connell, www.firstgradejazz.com

"What makes this book so successful is the CD which features Matthew Gollub telling the story with its rhythmic language and the terrific jazz music...Karen Hanke's computer generated art is hip with such groovy insects that you'll never want to hurt a cockroach ever again! The kids love this book."
Pass It On (journal for music educators)

"Gollub reads his tale as a scat singer would and plays drums with three fellow musicians. The result is a jazz quartet and a sound not often heard in children's recordings. It does credit to the three i's--ingenuity, improvisation and interpretation--that Gollub celebrates in an author's note at the book's end. And little listeners will probably swarm to it, well, like flies."

San Jose Mercury News

gobble.jpg (14067 bytes) Gobble, Quack, Moon [With Audio CD]
by Matthew Gollub (Author,Performer), Judy Love (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Hardcover, 32 pages Publisher: Tortuga Press; Book & Cd edition (April 2002)

ISBN: 1889910201 ISBN-13: 978-1889910208  Order

A host of barn animals cheers up Katie the cow by staging a ballet party on the moon. Includes audio CD featuring author's narration set blues, swing, waltzes and rock 'n' roll!

Top Ten Recommended Book Nationwide, Children's  Book Sense 76

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist When Katie the cow sets her heart on donning a tutu and dancing in space, all the barnyard animals pitch in to build a rocket ship and transport themselves to the moon. They lark about amid the craters for a while, playing games and dancing such classic numbers as the Watusi and the Mashed Potato, then the whole jovial crew returns to Earth. The rhyming text bounces along agreeably, expanded by the good-humored ink drawings, brightened with watercolor washes. Packaged in a plastic sleeve and attached to the front-cover endpapers is a CD that offers Gollub reading the story aloud with a spirited musical accompaniment. A possible choice for teachers seeking space-related picture books to read aloud. Carolyn Phelan Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

From Midwest Book Review,   Gobble, Quack, Moon is a rousing and entertaining children’s picturebook with an accompanying audio CD of author Matthew Gollub’s performance with toe-tapping background music. A whimsical story about a group of farm animals who reach for the stars and have fun dancing on the moon, Gobble, Quack, Moon is embellished by its freewheeling puns, playful attitude, and exuberant full-color artwork by Judy Love. Gobble, Quack, Moon is an engaging, enthusiastically recommended read-along experience for young readers ages 2 to 8, by itself or in tangent with the audio CD.

The Jazz Fly (book w/ audio CD)

Matthew Gollub
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Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Tortuga Pr; 1St Edition edition (May 30, 2000)

ISBN-10: 1889910171 ISBN-13: 978-1889910178 Order

A singular story celebrating language and the improvisational spirit of jazz. While seeking directions to town, a scat-singing fly picks up the animal sounds he hears from a frog, a hog, a donkey, and dog. Late that night, at the insect jazz club, the fly uses these sounds to create a new way to play jazz. He is last seen riding off in a fine stretch limousine.

Writer’s Digest National Self-Published Book Award
Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in publishing
#1 recommended children’s book, Children’s Book Sense

76 IRA - CBC Children’s Choices

California Department of Education Suggested Reading

Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children

 

Editorial Reviews
From School Library Journal
When a drummer fly gets lost on his way to a gig, he tries to get directions from a frog, a pig, a donkey, and a dog, but none of them speaks his language. He finally finds his way to the club and all is well until the Queen Bee demands "-a new BEAT/or this band is OUT!" The fly is stymied until he remembers the retorts of the animals he heard on his way and uses those noises to create a whole new sound that makes the band famous. The rhyming text includes scat refrains like "ZA-baza, BOO-zaba, ZEE-zah RO-ni" that just beg to be read aloud. The unique illustrations, gray-toned pictures with contrasting hints of pastel colors, were accomplished by scanning pencil sketches into a Macintosh computer and then re-creating them with Adobe Illustrator. One spread features the gray figures of the bassist and saxophonist spotlighted in green and pink, respectively. The text itself is cleverly designed. Words representing sounds are portrayed as if they are coming right out of the animals' mouths in colored fonts. Together the illustrations and book design give the whole enterprise the feel of jazz, even without musical accompaniment. The accompanying CD is delightful. Gollub narrates with a jazzy beat, and the danceable music perfectly accentuates the story. Children will love hearing this book read aloud and imitating the animal sounds and other refrains. A natural for storytimes. Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist And the donkey don't understand Jazz Fly, but, fortunately, the dog does. Arriving at  fly gets lost on his way to a performance, so he asks several animals how to get to town: "ZA-baza, BOO-zaba, ZEE-zah RO-ni?" he asks. The frog, the hog, anthe club, Jazz Fly sits down at his drums and begins to play, incorporating the animal sounds into his music to great audience response. The story is slight but bouncy, especially as it's told by the author on the accompanying audie CD, with the narration heightened by the music of a jazz quartet. The illustrations are mostly black, white, and gray, with splashes of color to accentuate the jazzy style. Susan Dove Lempke Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Cool Melons-Turn to Frogs: The Life Andpoems of Issa By Matthew Gollub, Kazuko G. Stone (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Hardcover,  40 pages Publisher: Lee & Low Books; ; (September 1998)

ISBN: 1880000717 ISBN-13: 978-1880000717

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The Horn Book Fanfare Benjamin
A.L.A. Notable Book

Born in 1763 on a farm in central Japan, Issa began writing haiku as a young child. Matthew Gollub has integrated the story of Issa's life and selections of his best-known work with Kazuko Stone's visual interpretations in the form of whimsical watercolors. Full color.

 Editorial Reviews

From Horn Book Starred Review This introduction to an eighteenth century Japanese writer of haiku is as restrained, graceful, and concise as the art form it honors. Interspersed throughout the biographical account are thirty-three of Issa's haiku, carefully chosen to reflect the poet's experiences at each stage of life. Stone's illustrations are haiku for the eyes expressive and only seemingly simple. -- Copyright 1999 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

From Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review Readers would be hard-pressed to find a more eloquent...and inspiring approach to understanding (and writing) this deceptively simple art form.

The Moon Was at a Fiesta by Matthew Gollub, Leovigildo Martinez (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 32 pages, Publisher: Tortuga Press; Revised edition (January 1998)
Hardcover ISBN: 1889910112 ISBN-13: 978-188991011 Order

Paperback ISBN: 1889910139 ISBN-13: 978-1889910130 Order

The sun lights the day, and the moon lights the night, and morning seldom breaks with them both in the sky. But for those days when the moon stays out past dawn, the people of Oaxaca, Mexico, have an explanation: "It's because the Moon Was at a Fiesta," they say.

Once again, Matthew Gollub and Leovigildo Martnez have created a sumptuous and original folktale set in the artist's native Oaxaca, a story as exhilarating as a nighttime fiesta, filled with music, tamales and paper lanterns.

The story is related simply, with Spanish words thoughtfully woven into the text. The author's detailed afterward contains a glossary and notes on Mexican fiestas.

CA Department of Education Recommended Reading
Artwork and text exhibited in 26 museums nationwide

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist  Arranging a nocturnal fiesta to please the dissatisfied stars ("All the games and feasts take place under the sun's brilliant rays"), the moon is pleased until she realizes that the villagers of Oaxaca, Mexico, will sleep all day, and their crops will be planted late. Still, she has enjoyed her evening very much and continues to celebrate occasionally. That's why in Oaxaca, when people rise with the sun, they sometimes see the moon. Combining the social realism of Orozco with the whimsy of Chagall, the vigorous mixed-media paintings are a delight. The patterned pictures in golden hues include the sleeping half-moon covered by a colorful blanket and an exhausted human reveler draped over a tree limb. The narrative of this original pourquoi is simple yet appealing, and Spanish terms like mole, tamales, and monigotes are thoughtfully integrated into the narrative. This is the same team that gave us the acclaimed The Twenty-five Mixtec Cats (1993); hopefully, they'll take on the intriguing Mexican festivities (Night of the Radishes and Monday on the Hill) discussed in the detailed afterward. Julie Corsaro --

From Horn Book This original tale, set in Mexico, explains why the sun and moon are occasionally visible in the sky at the same time. The moon plans a nighttime fiesta but causes trouble when she forgets to set in the morning. Contrite, she decides to stay in the evening sky, but, once in a while, she insists on celebrating. The large watercolors are full of the sights and colors of southern Mexico. Glos. -- Copyright 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal The story is perfect for reading aloud. The Spanish words, seamlessly interspersed throughout, add flavor. The watercolor, gouache, and acrylic illustrations perfectly complement the text--cool greens and blues reflect the light of the moon by night, and earth tones reflect the sun's glare by day. The luminous colors used in the landscapes are repeated in the people's faces and clothes, suggesting their close relationship with nature. Full of wonderful details, the pictures give a glimpse of Oaxacan culture--the paper cut-out decorations, fireworks and wooden masks, and the anthropomorphized moon beautifully convey the people's respect for nature and their love of celebrations.

La Luna se fue fe fiesta (Spanish Edition) by Matthew Gollub, Martin L. Guzman (Translator), Leovigildo Martinez (Illustrator), 32 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8, Publisher: Tortuga Press; October 1997

Hardcover ISBN: 1889910120 ISBN-13: 978-1889910123 Order 

Paperback ISBN: 1889910147 ISBN-13: 978-1889910147 Order oni.jpg (12739 bytes)

Ten Oni Drummers

by Matthew Gollub, Kazuko G. Stone (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Hardcover,  32 pages  Publisher: Lee & Low Books; ; (November 15, 2000)

ISBN: 1584300116 ISBN-13: 978-1584300113 Order

At dusk, on a beach in Japan, a young boy falls asleep and begins to dream, but soon he has company--a tiny oni, creeping up from the sand. Throughout the night, one-by-one, more oni appear, until there are ten in all, and they grow bigger, too. They begin beating their taiko drums, louder and louder. They sail on a raft, play games, have a big meal, and eventually chase away the boy's scary dreams.

In this playful, rhyming story, young children find reassurance and comfort for their fears when scary dreams come their way. Through art and story, children also learn about Japanese taiko drumming and the Japanese words and characters for the numbers one to ten.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal In a reassuring rhyming story, 10 Japanese oni appear one by one on the beach. They bang drums, make noise, and increase in size, page by page. As they approach the house of a small boy, they chant loudly and count in Japanese. However, the little hero is not afraid of these colorful wild goblins, for they serve to chase away his spooky dreams and become small sand creatures again at daybreak. This is a humorous look at nighttime fears, a delightful counting book, and an appealing story poem. The verse is crisp and childlike. Stone's vibrant, expressive watercolor-and-pencil illustrations strike just the right balance between being scary and funny. They fill each page with action and color. Clear Japanese characters from 1 to 10 adorn the shirts of each one. The book concludes with a pronunciation guide, background notes, and a number chart. A delightful and unique offering to fill requests for bedtime and counting books.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Uncle Snake by Matthew Gollub, Leovigildo Martinez (Illustrator) 32 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8, Edition: Hardcover, Publisher: Tortuga Press; (August 1996)

ISBN: 0688139442 ISBN-13: 978-0688139445 Order

A magical tale of snakes and lightning, Oaxacan style. Once again, Matthew Gollub and Leovigildo Martinez have spun a mysterious and captivating original tale from the rich folk culture of Mr. Martinez's native Oaxaca. Full-color illustrations. Age 5 and up.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist  After going into the forbidden cave, where he discovers snakes with human heads (who are actually children who have been enchanted and cannot leave the cave), a young boy's face becomes that of a snake. He is told that for 20 years he must wear a mask and dance each year at the village fiesta. Twenty years later, the boy, now known as "Uncle Snake," returns to the cave and is transformed into a snake with a human head whose zigzagging leap into the sky is the lightning that heralds life-giving rain. Although inspired by the ancient Mexican belief that a snake in the sky brings the rain and incorporating other pre-Hispanic folklore elements (as explained in the author's note), this is another original folktale from the pair that created The Twenty-five Mixtec Cats (1993) and The Moon Was at a Fiesta (1994). With an authentic ethnic flavor and richly complex watercolor illustrations, this pourquoi tale is spooky and dramatically compelling.... . Annie Ayers

From Kirkus Reviews  A murky, captivating tale based on the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, from the team behind The Moon Was at a Fiesta (1994). Martinez's delightfully comic illustrations place readers solidly in the enchanted world of a tale that explains the origin of lightning. A boy who has ventured into a forbidden cave from which strange lights flicker during storms discovers the fate of former curious children--they have turned into snakes with human heads. When this happens to the boy, no curandero can heal him, but a nahual, a shape-shifting magic worker, gives him a mask to wear and outlines a 20-year program of prayer and dance, the successful completion of which will enable the boy to ``show the world something new.'' The resolution of his troubles will bedazzle even impatient youngsters.... -- Copyright 1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

cats.jpg (10588 bytes)The Twenty-Five Cats

by Matthew Gollub, Leovigildo Martinez (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 4-8, Edition: Hardcover, 32 pages, Publisher: William Morrow & Company (April 1993)

  ISBN: 0688116396 ISBN-13: 978-0688116392 Order
The healer in an Oaxacan village returns from market with 25 kittens, but the unfamiliar animals are viewed by the townspeople with suspicion and scorn. When an evil spell threatens the local butcher, the healer and his cats save her life and win the villagers' hearts.

100 Titles to Read and to Share" --N.Y. Public Library

Editorial Reviews

From Horn Book The Mexican healer's twenty-five new cats are spurned by the villagers until they assist the healer in reversing an evil spell. The color illustrations are entrancing.... -- Copyright 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Los Veinticino Gatos Mixtecos

by Matthew Gollub, Leovigildo Martinez (Illustrator), Martin Luis Guzman (Translator), Reading level: Ages 4-8, 32 pages,  Publisher: Tortuga Press; (May 1997)

Hardcover ISBN 1889910007 

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Paperback ISBN 1889910015 

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 Presentations

Over the past nine years, Matthew has produced 14 books, including The Jazz Fly, a multiple award-winning book with audio CD; Gobble, Quack, Moon (his latest musical book with audio CD); and Cool Melons--Turn to Frogs!, an ALA Notable selection and a Horn Book Fanfare best book of the year. As a speaker, he has inspired hundreds of audiences at schools and conferences nationwide with his storytelling, drumming, and command of three languages--a combination that teachers describe as "unbelievably dynamic."

Comments from Matthew Gollub School Visits

"Until you experience an assembly by Matthew Gollub, you simply cannot appreciate what he does for kids. " --Maria Cervantes, Principal,  Heritage Elementary School, Lodi, CA
“We are still basking in the afterglow of your visit. Our students really benefited from your visit here.”  –Allison Wagner, District Librarian, Butte County Office of Education
“Thank you for your inspiring work. The children love your books. We all enjoyed your performances and appreciated the opportunity to show you how we felt about your stories.”  --Kelly Martin Mauro, teacher, Lake Forest Elementary School, El Dorado Hills
Jack [my son] came home on a cloud and could not stop talking about you. I loved the way Jack said to me, ‘Mom, I met the neatest guy at school today’ and then proceeded to tell me about you as if he had made a new friend. He thought you were fascinating.”  --Parent, Armstrong Elementary School, Dallas, TX


Matthew Gollub combines humor, practical insights, storytelling, and drumming to thoroughly engage listeners of all backgrounds and ages. He has been a keynote speaker at statewide conferences including California Reading Association, California Association for Bilingual Education, Head Start, and Migrant Education Even Start. A sought after children's author, he conducts assemblies at over 50 schools per year, along with numerous workshops for students and teachers, and family literacy events in English and Spanish.

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The Professional Speaking Fees for schools are:

         $1500.00 for 4 sessions per day
         $400.00 extra for an additional evening event
         $800.00 for 2 sessions (half day)
         (Half days only possible when 2 halves are booked for the same day
          at 2 nearby schools.)
         Plus travel expenses

 

Contact

Matthew Gollub
PMB 181
2777 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Phone: (707)544-4720
Fax: (707)544-5609

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Blog: http://matthewgollub.com/mgblog/

Website:  http://www.matthewgollub.com


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