Bird & Diz

By: Gary Golio

Illustrator: Ed Young

“They take turns, tossing notes back and forth like jugglers.” In this accordion book, Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie create a fun, faster kind of jazz called bebop. Afterword. Discography. Black-and-white photograph of Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie. Full-color illustrations done in pastel, gouache, and sumi ink.

ISBN: 9780763666606

JLG Release: Jun 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955) , Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) , Jazz , Friendship , Saxophones , Trumpets , Music , Bebop

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Awards & Honors

SLJ’s Best Books of 2015, Nonfiction
2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, K–2
2016 CCBC Choices–The Arts
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Arts

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This book’s capable creators capture the flavor of “Salt Peanuts,” a bebop classic associated with Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Golio has previously tackled the challenge of using words to present musicians as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and John Coltrane. The free vers
[STARRED REVIEW]
This book’s capable creators capture the flavor of “Salt Peanuts,” a bebop classic associated with Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Golio has previously tackled the challenge of using words to present musicians as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and John Coltrane. The free verse is arranged to conjure speed and playfulness, and the imagery is amusing, i.e., Dizzy’s puffy cheeks are compared to a frog’s. The performance is presented as a game: “They take turns,/tossing notes back and forth like jugglers,/or play at the same time,/ . . . Two hearts—one heartbeat.” As they race to the finale, “Bird keeps flying, and Dizzy—/well, he’s just plain dizzy!/They’ll never catch each other,/but that’s the point.” The ever-experimental Young uses gouache and bursts of orange and pink pastel strokes to form Gillespie and his hot trumpet, whereas Coltrane’s saxophone sounds are rendered in greens and blues. The golden brown paper is a subtle nod to the song’s title and an effective foil for the color. Accordion pages pull out into a long spread, with the first side establishing the performers and their relationship. A river of ink on the water-repellant paper forms a beaded curvy line—the music pulsing across the gutters, climaxing in a rainbow of percussion. On the reverse, the letters of “bebop” blast out, morphing into frolicking abstractions. A brief afterword creates a context for bebop and encourages listening. It also admonishes readers to “pick up your crayons and draw!” That charge will be irresistible.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library

Horn Book

An impressionistic story of a “be-bop-a-skoodley” friendship comes together in the juxtaposition of a series of opposites—rendering and abstraction, saturation and resistance, darkness and light—reflecting the special partnership of two distinct musical legends. Golio distills the relationship between John “Diz” An impressionistic story of a “be-bop-a-skoodley” friendship comes together in the juxtaposition of a series of opposites—rendering and abstraction, saturation and resistance, darkness and light—reflecting the special partnership of two distinct musical legends. Golio distills the relationship between John “Diz” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker into a single, electric jam session, detailing the back-and-forth nature of their improvisational synthesis in expressive, vibrant language. Young illustrates the encounter with an uninterrupted frieze on heavy paper stock, accordion-bound, that extends from the covers in a single continuous panel (a magnetized clasp holds everything together with a satisfying click). Working on chestnut-colored backgrounds, he maximizes contrast, with oily black spirals and melodious blues and greens clashing against fluorescent oranges, pinks, and whites, building to a clamorous climax. Amidst all of this visual energy, portraits of Bird and Diz, sketched in thick or thin black line, tether the abstracted musical interpretation to something recognizable. The resulting combination of words and imagery introduces the unique players and captures the controlled, explosive frenzy of their musical collaboration. An afterword offers a more straightforward definition of bebop and suggests further listening and viewing. thom barthelmess

The Horn Book Guide Review:
Golio distills the relationship between John “Diz” Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker into one electric jam session, detailing the back-and-forth nature of their improvisational synthesis in expressive, vibrant language. Young’s uninterrupted frieze on accordion-bound heavy paper stock extends from the covers in a continuous panel. The words and imagery capture the controlled, explosive frenzy of their musical collaboration. An afterword offers more straightforward information.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763666606

First Release

June 2015

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

781.65/5

Trim Size

9 9/16" x 8 3/8"

Page Count

52

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), Jazz, Friendship, Saxophones, Trumpets, Music, Bebop,

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