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Doo-Wop Pop by Roni Schotter
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Sep 23, 11

bookshelves: picture-book
Read in September, 2011

The school janitor, Mr. Searle, once was a doo-wop singer, but now he sings and dances alongside his cleaning tools. But he must be an observant and a kind man because he notices five youngsters who seem to hide from the rest of their classmates. For whatever reason, the man, known to the school as Doo-Wop Pop singles these children out and teaches them some dance moves and how to sing a cappella. The five--Elijah Earl, Alishah, Jacob, Luis, and Pam Pam start to listen for the beat in everything around them. Instead of being bystanders, their talents bring them into the spotlight. The book's appealing word choice and rhythmic feel is as compelling as the collage illustrations that fill its pages. As usual with Bryan Collier's work, there is more to notice each time a reader looks at the book. The facial expressions, in particular, are spot on.

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