Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

written and illustrated by Chris Raschka

Boldly illustrated introduction to the great jazz saxophone player Charlie Parker and his be bop style of music.

A Fantastic Read-Aloud

Charlie "Yardbird" Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940's. His sassy improvisations were crucial to the development of the be bop style of music.

The author was inspired to write this book upon hearing a recording of "A Night in Tunisia", the so-called be-bop anthem. It is a perfect introduction to jazz music and the Yardbird.

"Be Bop. Fisk, fisk. Lollipop. Boomba, boomba. Bus stop."

The rhyming, repetitive, often nonsensical text combines admirably with the bright and bold illustrations; you can hear the music in your mind when the book is read well.