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Jazz Fly 3
Jazz Fly 3

Jazz Fly 3

The Caribbean Sea

By Matthew Gollub, Illustrated by Karen Hanke


Jazz Fly series


40 Pages, 10.25 x 8.25

Formats: Hardcover and CD

Hardcover and CD, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9781889910543

Rights: US & CA

Tortuga Press (Jan 2020)

Price: $18.95


A wild ocean adventure set to authentic jazz and Afro-Caribbean music, the latest musical book in the award-winning Jazz Fly series

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD WINNER! (Children's Picture Books, Ages 4-7) The be-boppin' fly and his band are back! Ever hear musical insects play jazz on a cruise ship? Then check out this latest adventure in the critically-acclaimed Jazz Fly series and winner of two First Place Dragonfly book awards! It pairs the Jazz Bugs with marine mammals; reggae with cha-cha-chá in a beautifully illustrated, 40-page showcase. Includes CD and audio download. And how about acquainting your children with some phrases in Spanish and French? It's "fabuloso" and "magnifique" and easier than you may think. Trust Matthew Gollub to broaden their horizons while keeping kids boppin' on the edge of their seats. (Don't worry, the fun words in French and Spanish are color coded!) Music fans ages 6 and up LOVE this author's narrations set to jazz and are known to ask to hear them again and again. Here's what sets this ocean adventure in motion: Captain Cockroach leaves the helm to write poetry, and the luxury liner veers off course. Parents appreciate that the Jazz Bugs show kindness and pool their ingenuity when faced with challenges. And for those interested in learning about the Caribbean region, the book includes an author's note and an attractive glossary of foreign words used. Ideal for ages 6-9, and for music teachers, reading teachers and families that enjoy both music and books!


"The story is about a musical fly and his band who perform jazz chants with French and Spanish words aboard an international cruise ship. But when the lovesick Captain Cockroach abandons the helm to write poetry, only the band's Caribbean jazz can prevent a full-scale panic - and then a thunderstorm makes matters even worse! Music educators will find that Jazz Fly 3 incorporates rare time signatures when the fly counts to three, five, and seven in French. An author's note and a glossary of French and Spanish words round out this delightful multimedia showcase, highly recommended especially for music-loving children. Jazz Fly 3: The Caribbean Sea also makes a great family gift!" —Midwest Book Reivew

"The inclusion of Spanish and French is seamless, especially when pronounced by Gollub and the other performers. Hanke's bright, eye-catching illustrations are sure child pleasers...A sure hit for jazz fans who like to dance along with their read-alouds." —Kirkus Reviews

"As fun to read as it is to listen to on the accompanying CD or download. Between its colorful, dynamic illustrations and clever linguistic elements, Jazz Fly 3 is truly magnifique." —Laura Leavitt, Foreword Reviews

"Jazz Fly 3 is fun AND educational. While kids are dancing around to be-bop, reggae and cha-cha-chá, they are learning easy words in French, Spanish and "Jazz." And they are learning about kindness. These Jazz Fly books are a hit!" —Rebecca Kochenderfer, Co-Founder,

"I'm in love with Jazz Fly 3 on so many levels! The text winds deliciously around rhythms, color and different languages." —Julianne (Black) DiBlasi, Story Monster Ink

Author Biography

Matthew Gollub is a nationally known children's author, speaker, and performer. He has created 19 picture books which together have garnered 28 national awards and distinctions. His musical narrations on CD accompany some of his most popular books, including The Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga. A dynamic drummer and bilingual presenter, he has also performed at more than 1,000 elementary schools nationwide. Karen Hanke is the illustrator of the multiple award-winning Jazz Fly series. She also designs toys and game. A full-time artist and an avid long distance runner, she lives with her husband and their four English bulldogs.