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Cool Daddy Rat

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  137 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Every night, Cool Daddy Rat takes his bass case and goes out to play jazz and scat around the city. But one night he hears something strange: Peeky squeaky who dat? It's his son, Ace, hiding in the bass case! After a reassuring call to Mama, the pair go all over the city together, filling the streets with his sweet beat. And when Ace can't contain himself any longer, Cool ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Putnam Juvenile
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Bill Prosser
Apr 12, 2008 Bill Prosser rated it it was amazing
Fun, jazzy, scat read aloud! The kids are loving it in the library!
Aug 08, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Decent picture books concerning music, genres, instruments etc. are hard to come by and this one does a fine job of being entertaining and informative. I would use this with preschool-3 grade.
Jul 17, 2008 Alexis rated it it was amazing
If you love fun picture books this is a great one! Kristyn Crow has a website and a blog YOu can find out updates on any books that she has written.
Jan 15, 2009 Agathafrye rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I realized I don't really like scatting/jazztalk after reading this book. The pictures were great, though.
Jul 11, 2008 Roseann rated it it was amazing
This is a jazz-baby's best it out loud with a rat-a-tat-scat!!!!
May 02, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
“Cool Daddy Rat” is a fun and eventful book. It takes place in New York City and is a story about a dad and his son traveling to different parts of the city to play music. From the illustrations to the text fonts, this poem is full of tongue twisters and fun phrases. I would highly recommend this book as a fun way to incorporate conversations about music and parental relationships into the classroom.
Debbie Cranberry Fries
The Cranberryfries family LOVED this book! When I read this to my kids for the first time (they were 2, 3, 6) and my 2y/o danced and bounced to the words, my 3 y/o loved looking for things in the pictures and my 6 year old wanted to try to read it again by herself.

This is such a fabulous book! It was fun, as the reader, to get really animated about the words and try to read them with a lot of inflection and pizazz. On amazon you can check out the first page in the book and see what I mean. The
The Brothers
Jan 22, 2016 The Brothers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jazz, music, want, rats
Scat-a-rat! This is an awesome little book about a jazzy bass-playing daddy rat. He heads out on the town to play and his little kid hides out in his bass case. I love the rhyming skit-scat of the story.

The illustrations are really cool too. Fun to see NYC in a jazzy, ratty way!
Trent Tuttle
Jan 06, 2015 Trent Tuttle rated it it was amazing
The standard by which I personally judge picture books.

There's a cohesive quality here...words, pace, illustration...that deserves so much credit.

Each time I read it out loud, I'm compelled to get more animated. It demands I slip into a jazzy, snazzy groove and has never failed to reward me with an audience that's just as caught-up.

May 28, 2015 Relyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on Pinterest
Shelves: lawsonland
Curriculum Connection
This is a terrific book for teaching onomatopoeia and the rhythm you can make with good word choice. It's also a super-fun introduction to jazz. You would definitely need to play Ella Fitzgerald singing scat after this book.
Robert Weinstein
Apr 15, 2015 Robert Weinstein rated it really liked it
You got a kid? You live in - or thinking of visiting - New York City? This book's a great introduction. Daddy Rat and his kiddo scat the night away in NYC's hottest spots. Dynamic illustrations. Great scatting. You can't beat a Dad like Daddy Rat.
Mar 06, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Bulletin 5-8 yrs
Cool Daddy Rat follows Daddy Rat and his stowaway son Ace through a night of bass-playing, scat-filled jazz gigs. Preschool kids will love all the silly-sounding scat words although most won't recognize the New York locations that form the background scenery and add extra flavor to the story. The illustrations are done in a cartoon style and colored with what look like watercolors to me (Sadly I do not have the book in front of me to check for an illustration note). I'd be interested to see how ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Great scat, and an opportunity to introduce the child to another kind of music.
Nov 04, 2014 Taigan rated it really liked it
Dana Fallentine
Feb 07, 2009 Dana Fallentine rated it it was amazing
WOW! I love the sounds of this book! Totally fun... all about the sounds of the city! What a talented author! I'll buy all of her books! I can't wait for the next one! What a cool Mom author! Interesting title, regarding the rat, and the fact that you wrote about your time living in New York??? I was wondering why you chose a "rat"???? Were you talkig about your ex? Ha! I LOVED it, and can't wait to buy your next book!
Aug 29, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
0-7. Cute story of a scat rat who goes off to play jazz for the night in NYC only to discover his son has stowed away in his bass case. Instead of getting mad, the dad and son experience the night of music together. At the end of the nice, to his surprise, dad learns that son can scat too. Jumpy scat rhymes, and colorful sketchy illustrations done "with a No 2 pencil, watercolor, and a Mac".
Oct 02, 2013 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Since I do not have a cool deep jazzy voice I wish this book had come with an audio CD that provided that, and some sweet jazz tunes mixed throughout. - That would have made the book perfect! I love picture books that introduce children to varieties of music that they may otherwise not hear in this day of crappy over played "singles" on the radio.
Oct 08, 2012 Brianna rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a writer's conference and met the author. My kids love this book! I bought it for my 5 year old boy and when we read it we find his older sisters, ages 8 & 11, migrating in to listen. It's very fun to read. We have it down to Mommy's style and Daddy's style. Thanks Kristyn.
Marguarite Markley
Tons of sounds! Need to practice before reading aloud to a group of children though...maybe listen to some scat music to get in the mood before reading. :)
Oct 31, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
I like the rhythm of this book. It has to be read 'right' or it doesn't work. I had a teenager read it with no enthusiasm and no inflection, and then I read it with inflection and enthusiasm and it sounded fun! This author did a live read at our library today and she was great.
Feb 11, 2009 Leigh rated it liked it
Mock Caldecott. Jazz story about a rat dad and his son, they play jazz all over NY. Cool sounds to act out, this would be probably be really entertaining as a CD. Not my cup of tea, but in the right hands, this book could be a hit at storytimes.
Nov 04, 2008 Sheri rated it really liked it
Love the skat in this book and the jazzy references. I spent time reading this myself and then to five different children. We liked the rhyme but lost the story reading all the funny jazz words. But is a fun read for children and their parents.
Jan 11, 2009 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I love books that show jazz artists. This is a great one where a young rat goes with his dad to music events. I love the rythm of the book and for once I don't mind that they are rats which are normally just gross in my opinion.
Mar 09, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Lines of scat are inserted between lines of the story of a rat-child who sneaks into his Daddy-rat's bass case and accompanies him on his gigs throughout the city during a day. Must be read aloud!
Jan 27, 2011 Terry marked it as wish-list
Brian and Stephen at Book Dads find some of the coolest books I've never heard about. The mere mention of New York and jazz in their review of Cool Daddy Rat got me interested in this one.
Jul 05, 2013 Sherri rated it it was amazing
My 3 year old loved the rhymes in this book. He even tried to scat along with the book. It was fun to read about the different places that the Rat got to scat around New York City.
Amy Brown
Apr 04, 2008 Amy Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: k-3rdgrade, music
Cool daddy rat goes out for a gig and Lucky Ace tags along hiding in the bass case. This is a good book to use to introduce kids to jazz. I liked it but it's not my favorite musical book.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Everything is fine with this one: good beat, fun words, a little bit of a "storyline" where Ace shows off his talent to his cool daddy rat. The illustrations fit the mood well.
Apr 26, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
So much fun...ZOW!

If you ever wanted to scat, well, this is just the book for that! I only wish I would have discovered it sooner.
Jul 06, 2008 Tricia rated it liked it
lots of doo wop and scatty skit. not sure if i can pull it off but in the hands of a trained professional, it would be great.
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Kristyn Crow is the author of four children's picture books: COOL DADDY RAT (Putnam), BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP (HarperCollins, THE MIDDLE CHILD BLUES (Putnam, coming soon) and SKELETON CAT (Scholastic, coming soon). COOL DADDY RAT received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is the mother of seven children, some with special needs, and Kristyn has written hundreds of ...more
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