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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/StorytellerFrom 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.
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Tortuga Pr; 1St Edition edition (May 30, 2000)
Snagged 5 national awards (Woo-hoo!) including:
*Foreword Reviews Best Books of the Year, Gold Award Winner *Best
Books 2010 Winner,
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
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
"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, 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)
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! 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 childrens picturebook with an accompanying audio CD of author Matthew Gollubs 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.
Top Ten Recommended Book Nationwide, Children's Book Sense 76
The Jazz Fly (book w/ audio CD)
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 childrens picturebook with an accompanying audio CD of author Matthew Gollubs 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.
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
ISBN: 1880000717 ISBN-13: 978-1880000717
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.
From Horn BookStarred 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 Fiestaby Matthew Gollub, Leovigildo Martinez (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 32 pages, Publisher: Tortuga Press; Revised edition (January 1998)
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
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
From Horn BookThe 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.
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
Paperback ISBN 1889910015
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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$1500.00 for 4 sessions per day
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