How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz

By WINTER, Jonah

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ISBN
9781596439634
Publisher
Roaring Brook Neal Porter Bks.


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2015  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 1–4—This informational picture book covers self-proclaimed "Inventor of Jazz" Jelly Roll Morton's contribution to the musical scene." Winter describes the atmosphere of the early 1900s in general terms and often uses rhyming verses to advance the story ("I thought I heard Mister Jelly Roll too/Sayin' 'I invented jazz in 1902./It was me who invented jazz—'cause it sure wasn't you....Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on June 1, 2015

Much like jazz itself, Winter has created a book filled with ebbs and flows, rhythm and rhyme, darkness and light, shadow and sunshine. Opening with a dreamy spread set in a dimly lit New Orleans with the city on the right-hand page and a small house on the left, the hushed second-person narration begins, “Here’s what could’ve happened if you were born a way down south in New Orleans, in the Land of Dreams a long, long time ago.” Facts about Morton’s life are sprinkled into...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Facts about Morton's life are sprinkled into a hushed second-person narration: a stint in jail--as a baby!--when his godmother was arrested (he cr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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