THEO AND THE BLUE NOTE
A jazz cat with a limited repertoire finds his musical groove via a magical journey.A jazz cat with a limited repertoire finds his musical groove via a magical journey.
Feline Theo practices his saxophone day and night, but all he can master is a single blue note. Fortunately, a flash in the sky rescues him from his doldrums.
When he looks out the window, he sees a gleaming yellow rocket ship in the shape of a clarinet. "Before you could say be-bop," it flies him to the moon and a shiny club called The Apollo, where (up the Giant Steps) a big band of famous musicians—Duck Ellington, Elephants Gerald and Lionel Hamster, for starters—show Theo a myriad of notes, and his blue one fits right in.
The Apollo club flies Theo back home, with a promise to jam again at the next full moon. Kuper's playful arrangements of text work well with the warm glow of his illustrations, which employ stencils, spray paint, watercolors, colored pencils and collage.
A slight but serendipitous odyssey that owes its props to Chris Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (1992). (Picture book. 5-9)