Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

“While work­ing on an aca­demic project awash with the­o­ret­i­cal jar­gon, what has kept mme float­ing is Chris Raschka’s Cos­mo­bi­og­ra­phy of Sun Ra, a chil­dren’s pic­ture book about the Amer­i­can jazz key­boardist and com­poser. The sim­ple text of­fers a fairly fac­tual ac­count of Sun Ra’s life, but Raschka’s im­ages turn those facts into some­thing mag­i­cal. De­spite their of­ten som­bre colours, the im­ages seem spon­ta­neous, joy­ful — and very alive. Pre­vi­ously un­aware of Sun Ra’s mu­sic, I down­loaded some, and found my­self lis­ten­ing to the au­ral equiv­a­lent of what these amaz­ing pic­tures showed me: joy emerg­ing from dark­ness. A great chil­dren’s pic­ture book for adults. A great chil­dren’s pic­ture book for chil­dren.”

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