October 21 Birthday: Bird & Diz: Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
Bird & Diz (Candlewick, 2015)
by Gary Golio
Illustrated by Ed Young
When sax player Charlie “Bird” Parker and trumpeter John “Dizzy” Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music—a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises. Blending a playful, rhythmic narration with expressive illustrations as fluid and dynamic as their subjects, this tribute to the masters of bebop by acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves
A unique characteristic of this book is the single “page” folded into traditional spreads, that unfolds into a continuous image. Beautiful!