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THE DADDY LONGLEGS BLUES by Mike Ornstein

THE DADDY LONGLEGS BLUES

By Mike Ornstein (Author) , Lisa Kopelke (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4027-4359-7
Publisher: Sterling

“Bounce with The Daddy as he plays his fiddle. He’s eight long legs with a dot in the middle.” The poem, a mix of fact (both zoological and musical) and fancy, depicts a harvestman, or daddy longlegs, as a funky creature playing the blues, with a number of insects keeping time and accompanying him with the beat. A variety of settings, from a cafe for insects to a house from a human perspective, provides the backdrop to the poem. Kopelke’s illustrations of acrylic and colored pencil are alive with all kinds of creepy-crawlies—most decked out in groovy shades—who get down with the Daddy on multiple instruments and convene for a climactic concert onstage. For all their liveliness, however, the illustrations suffer from their depiction of the title character as a corpulent, short-legged fellow, which hardly matches the text’s description or children’s firsthand observations of the creature. A glossary of blues terms, definitions of the instruments played and a short description of the harvestman and the history of the blues is appended. The jazzy poem will be fun for sharing. (Picture book. 5-8)