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Jazzy Miz Mozetta, Brenda C. Roberts ; pictures by Frank Morrison

Label
Jazzy Miz Mozetta
Title
Jazzy Miz Mozetta
Statement of responsibility
Brenda C. Roberts ; pictures by Frank Morrison
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before
Award
John Steptoe Award for New Talent, Illustrator Category, 2005.
Review
  • Gr 2-5 –This story proves that the love of dance has no age limits. Miz Mozetta steps out on a fine evening in her firecracker-red dress and "pizzazzy" chapeau–"Now this hat is sayin ' somethin'"–and the jazz of her youth in her soul. Out on the stoop, Mr. Brown, Mister Willie, and Miz Lou Lillie ask her to sit down with them, but Miz Mozetta wants to dance. She tries to boogie with her teen neighbors as they shimmy and jump to the beat of their boom box, but they obviously think she is too old to participate. Disappointed, she returns to her apartment, where her friends, now dressed up and ready to go, soon join her. The elders of the community find their own joy as they bebop to the music of their earlier years and find their younger selves, energized by the rhythm of swing. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and before long they are teaching their moves to the teenagers. Morrison captures the linear angles and smooth curves of jazz swing in his bright paintings of elongated figures. High-stepping, whirling images complement the rhythmic dialect of jazz clubs and bring Miz Mozetta, "Downtown Brown," "Wildcat Willie," and "Lightnin' Lou Lillie" to life "faster than a rat can scat." Of particular interest to music teachers, this upbeat, multigenerational tale will have broad appeal.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX --Mary Elam (Reviewed December 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 12, p118)
  • Words that bop and pictures that spin make this book so close to dance, readers won't be able to keep their feet from tapping. Roberts's (Sticks and Stones: Bobbie Bones ) Miz Mozetta, whom Morrison pictures as a youthful grey-haired, ample-bosomed gal, digs out a fabulous red dress one night ("My best color, if I do say so") and goes out in search of dance partners. Her friends Mister Brown, Miz Lou Lillie, and Mister Willie shake their heads ("My dancin' days are done, honey dear," Mister Brown says), while teen break-dancers Cap and Rudy model moves too tough for the heroine. When Miz Mozetta heads home, Willie and the rest reconsider and show up at her door, dressed to the nines, ("Lightnin' Lou Lillie kicked off her skippers and stomped. Wildcat Willie whirled"). Cap and Rudy hear the fun and beg to join; now the old folks snub them, then think better of it. As he did in last season's Sweet Music in Harlem , Morrison once again calls to mind the characters of Ernie Barnes with his comfortably-padded women and skinny men whose arms and legs stick out at impossible angles as they start to dance. Three side-by-side time-lapse images show "Downtown Brown" spin, come around with his head thrown back, then whirl so fast he becomes a blur. The urban setting, a close-knit community whose elders tell the young folks what's what, adds zip to Miz Mozetta's beat. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed January 3, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 1, p54)
  • Jazzy Miz Mozetta, a bespectacled African-American woman, sees the fat yellow moon and is inspired to "Skiddle de wee bop she bop . . . yeah!" She dons her favorite dress and "pizzazzy" hat and struts downstairs, all aglow. A crazy beat from the hip-hopping kids across the street thumps away and she wants to dance, too, but when her achy old checkers-playing friends won't join her and she can't duplicate the youngsters' splits and shimmies, she forlornly heads back upstairs. Anyone who's ever felt all dressed up with nowhere to go will understand Miz Mozetta's excitement and subsequent deflation. Fortunately, the night is saved and the tables are turned when friends pop in for some old-style jitterbugging—and even the street hipsters join the fun. Morrison captures the exuberant spirit of Miz Mozetta with a colorful jumble of exaggeratedly long, skinny limbs in dynamic illustrations that dance to the beat of a fresh, rhythmic story. Duke Ellington is right—"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"—and this vivacious offering definitely does. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
132197
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roberts, Brenda C
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 5
Reading level
2.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Morrison, Frank
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dance
  • African Americans
Target audience
primary
Label
Jazzy Miz Mozetta, Brenda C. Roberts ; pictures by Frank Morrison
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
502929
Dimensions
25 x 28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780374336745
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2002026508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374336745
  • (Sirsi) ADQ-7634
Label
Jazzy Miz Mozetta, Brenda C. Roberts ; pictures by Frank Morrison
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
502929
Dimensions
25 x 28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780374336745
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2002026508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374336745
  • (Sirsi) ADQ-7634

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