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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

 The be-boppin' fly and his band are back! Following the award-winning Jazz Fly and Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga, this high seas adventure pairs marine mammals with pirate crabs, reggae with cha-cha-chá. It's a beautifully illustrated, 40-page showcase that includes a CD and audio download. The audio features the author's musical narration, backed by jazz all-stars, which encourages listeners to chant and read along. (Look for clip of Jazz Fly 3 on Youtube!) Now performing on an international cruise ship, the scat-singing fly turns French and Spanish words into chants. But when the lovesick Captain Cockroach leaves the helm, the luxury liner veers off course. And how will the plucky musicians respond after a thunderstorm separates them and casts them adrift? An author's note provides background about the Caribbean region and music, and an attractive glossary defines the French and Spanish words used. Ideal for music-loving children and families. Music teachers will appreciate the rhythms presented, including grooves in the lesser known time signatures of 3, 5 and 7! Gollub's narration will keep young listeners young and old boppin' on the edge of their seats. Digitally rendered, full-color illustrations mark Karen Hanke's best work yet.


"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

Author Biography

Matthew Gollub is a nationally known children's author, speaker, and performer. He has created 19 picture books which together have garnered 25 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.