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Author: Christopher Raschka,Charles Turner
ISBN13: 978-0874996746
Title: Mysterious Thelonious (Live Oak Music Makers)
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Language: English
Category: Arts Music and Photography
Publisher: Live Oak Media; Har/Cas edition (August 1, 2000)

Mysterious Thelonious (Live Oak Music Makers) by Christopher Raschka,Charles Turner

Mysterious Thelonious. by Christopher Raschka (Author). In his second tribute to a jazz giant, Caldecott Honor Medalist Chris Raschka matches the 12 musical tones of the diatonic scale to the 12 color values of the color wheel, then sets paint strokes for notes and color washes for harmonies, creating an astonishing tribute to musical genius Thelonious Monk.

Charles Turner is a published author and a narrator of children's books.

Mysterious Thelonious. Mysterious Thelonious Close. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove Mysterious Thelonious from your list? Mysterious Thelonious. by Christopher Raschka. Published October 2003 by Live Oak Media. African Americans, Biography, Jazz, Juvenile literature, Musicians, Pictorial works, Monk, Thelonious - Pictorial works - Juvenile literature.

Mysterious Thelonious book. Inspired by one of Monk's best-loved compositions, "Mysterioso", Mr. Raschka matched the twelve musical tones of the diatonic scale to the twelve color values of the color wheel, then set paint strokes for notes and color washes for harmonies. There were", the text says of Mr. Monk, "no wrong notes on his piano".

Complete your Thelonious Monk Nonet collection. Published: Sep-1997 (Hardcover). Earphones Award Winner. by Chris Raschka Read by Richard Allen. While music is part of the background of some audiobooks-or used to signal transition points-not until now has music come to life, leapt off the page, been given its due in an audiobook. MYSTERIOUS THELONIOUS is an experiential work, not simply afforded added dimension by the recording, but literally brought to life. Hearing Monk's "Misterioso" is essential to this rich experience.

Making music and transcribing music for me as a hobby has come to an end. This score stands alone, as the most monumental I have written, and as a landmark of what it could have been. If you have the daring to attempt to perform this; be my guest. I put the repeat sign there so the drums wouldn't be completely missing because Musescore doesn't have slashes and I had to make them.

Reviews: 7
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Bought this for my daughter at the age of 4. We love how this book flows with the high and lows. It is a little outside the norm for a children's book as seen in the negative reviews so if you are afraid to try new things or experiment then do not get this book. I highly recommend this to parents who can think outside the box.
I was hoping to use this for my classroom to share the music and use it for pictures. But it's a tiny book! maybe 6" x 6" publication, who knew.... what a bummer
I was skeptical about this when I picked it up from the library. My 6 and 3 year olds absolutely loved it. The way the words were scattered over the page made it impossible not to read it rhythmically! We read it months ago, and still, every time someone says the word "mysterious," they start chanting the words of the book. Raschka has done it again!
Not nearly as musical and fluid as other raschka books (e.g., charlie parker played be bop is fantastic...). this book misses the mark, with a curious layout of the text. a definite dud.
Chris Raschka is the absolute master of high-concept. His abstract conceptions would seema perfect match for the perfect dissonance of Thenonious Monk, another artist who mastered the abstract and the unconventional...who merged sound and sight in his own iconoclastic fashion. One of Monk's first albums is "Brilliant Corners," and you can hear those cuts and angles throughout.

Raschka is brilliant in his imaginative construction of this CD/book combination, but the dilemma is whether this is a book for kids or adults. It's so mathematical, richly visual, and simultaneously linear and non-linear that it's a challenging read at almost every age.

Here's the concept: Arrange adjoining squares that cover the page from toip to bottom, and left to right...like a checkerboard. IN the vertical dimension (i.e., down the page from top to bottom) the boxes represent the eight descending notes (do, re, me, anyone?) of the Western scale, and scanning from left to right is how we read both books and music. Raschka made up a very Monkian (to my mind) lyric to the tune "Mysterioso," and places each word in a square that follows the music, both vertically (do, re, mi), and horizontally--following the melody of the song. As they say, it's easy once you learn it.

FOrtunately, Mr. Raschka is a kind teacher, and he includes the singing of his lyric on the CD. ONe follows the song, matching the words and their high/low sound to the words spread higher and low, left to right, on the page. The first track is done very slowly, mkaing it fairly easy to follow (after a few tries); the second time matches the actual tempo of the "Mysterioso" excerpt. Raschka also includes some introductory personal observations about jazz, and then wraps it up with a full live recording of Monk in the late 50's. If you don't like Monk, you;'re not going to like this book.

But, let's say you do like Monk...or perhaps you've never heard of him but you're an adventurous soul. I think you'er going to love this book, and especially the music, if you have an open mind, have liked some very original music in the past, and love modern art. That's if you;re an adult, reading to yourself.

If you're reading to a kid, I have a few suggestions to maximize their comprehension, and, more importantly, their enjoyment. I hope I don't sound patronizing; I know that YOU know your child and I don't--but take five and see what you thinik. If you love this book, but think your age 3 to 11 (approximately) audience won't understand it, at least communicate your enthusiasm. Attitude over content! Perhpas if the child is a little older, or has some real proclivities towards abstract thinking, patiently, slowly, show how Raschka has matched words to music in two dimensions. If the child is younger, perhaps point out the little pictures of Monk and other squaranalia placed on the page, enjoy the colors, sing along with the record, make your own pattern of colored squares, and just...as they say...IMPROVISE. That's what Monk did.
Well, as a Monk fan, I had to snatch this up from my library for-sale rack for $1, and as I was reading it, I was very pleased with myself when I realized that the book is meant to be read to the tune of "Mysterioso." The arrangement of the words on the page correspond directly with the melody. I think whenever I have a child, I will sing this book to her.

2 and a half years later... I read/sang this to my 22 month-old son last night, and he made me read it 3 more times. It probably helps if your kid likes Thelonious Monk and you can sing the tune (a bit of a challenge a capella, especially bars 9 and 10).
I don't know how the previous reviewers used this book, but this was a book my 4-year-old chose to check out of the library to read before going to bed. We go every week. She picks books that look good to her and pile them on a chair to take out. I am certain she was drawn to the color of this book as anyone would be. But boy did this book strike a wrong chord with me, corny pun intended.

I started reading it to her and by the end I had to apologize to her for wasting our time when we could have read something that made sense. I understand the INTENT was to have a book about a jazz virtuoso that followed color value and musical notes, etc. But this does not succeed. The result is a book with words broken down in syllables seemingly scattered all over the page which would be fine if:
1 - the words WEREN'T in hard-to-read cursive
2 - the words were in some sort of easy-to-follow order
3 - the writer/publisher didn't assume that everyone could read musically

I showed this to 4 co-workers to make sure it wasn't just me. They were a mix of parents and single, writers and nonwriters and every one of them stepped back upon looking at the first page. "They aren't ALL going to look like this are they?" Oh yes, my friend. They do.

I have never been so annoyed by a book before! Did the author and publisher think about the kids who were learning to read? The parents who would be reading to them? I must have sounded like I just started hooked on phonics myself!

The mystery here is figuring out how to overcome the instinct to read left to right in order to read the blasted thing and I could MAYBE forgive that. But you don't even walk away with a real lesson about Thelonious Monk to make it all worth while.

I didn't even want to give it the one star I gave it but that star would be for visual interest. We love color and THAT it has in spades. Nothing else.