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Story by Carl Norac Narration by Bebel Gilberto and David Francis Illustrations by Rebecca Dautremer Performances by Carmen Miranda, Duke Ellington, the Mills Brothers, Slim and Sam, Don Redman, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway
A little Brazilian cricket named Zaz dreams of singing in New York. After hopping a ride on a woman’s fruit hat that takes her from her homeland to Manhattan, she meets a savvy fly named Buster who brings her to the Swing Café on East 54th Street. Everyone there speaks a common language, called Swing, and Zaz is inspired to take to the stage, sing from the heart, and deliver the performance of a lifetime. The picture book with accompanying CD offers the narration of the story with a stellar compilation of swing era standards along with stunning lavish illustrations.
Dautremer’s visual imagination taps the subconscious brilliantly… Norac’s writing is equally arresting. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
STORYBOOK – MUSIC CD 978-2-923163-62-8
Pub Date: 2010
Ages 7 to 9, Grades 2 to 5
Keywords: Jazz / Swing era / Friendship / Courage
Hardcover book (8” x 8”, 52 pages) with CD (60 minutes / Narrated story + 12 songs)
$ 22.95 CND / $ 16.95 USD / 19.50 €
Carl Norac has written more than 40 children’s books that have been translated in over a dozen languages. He is the award-winning author of the bestselling title I Love You So Much and Monstre, ne me mange pas, nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Bebel Gilberto is an established artist on the world music scene who has recorded with David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, and Laurie Anderson. Her debut album, Tanto Tempo, climbed the world music charts with more than 1 million copies sold worldwide and became the third bestselling Brazilian album ever in North America.
David Francis trained as an actor at LAMDA in England and later at Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts. He lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 20 years with several theatre companies in London, Exeter, Canterbury and Sheffield. He has also performed several times at the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada.
Rebecca Dautremer is one of France’s best-known illustrators, having produced over 60 picture books after having graduated in fine arts school at Arts Décoratifs de Paris. She has also taught at L’École Émile-Cohl in Lyon, and directed the award-winning animation feature Kérity.