Grades PreK - 3
Grade level Equivalent: 3.6
Lexile® Measure: AD530L
Guided Reading: L
Type of Book: Read-Aloud Book
- Creativity and Imagination
- City Life
- African American
About This Book
Ben loves to hear the Zig Zag Club musicians play, filling the air with the sounds and rhythms of jazz. And when he hears them, he plays along on a trumpet that nobody else can see — except one man, who opens the door to his dream".
The story of Ben is fiction, but it could be the story of more than one jazz musician who grew up in the twenties. Using the artdeco style of the period, Rachel Isadora not only captures the poignancy and yearning of a youthful talent, but in page after page of striking art seems to convey the very sound of music.
A virtuoso performance for picture book readers of all ages to enjoy.
The most surprising and original picture book of the season". — The New York Times Book Review.
"Isadora's musical telling, coupled with her bold graphic illustrations, pays homage to jazz and to youthful ambition." — School Library Journal