Giraffes Can't Dance
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Giraffes Can't Dance

By (author) Giles Andreae , Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

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Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 15 years. Gerald the tall giraffe would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ...or can they? A funny, touching and triumphant story about a giraffe who finds his own tune and confidence too, with joyful illustrations from Guy Parker Rees...wonderfully funny. - Independent A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them. - Daily Telegraph A joyful read about an outsider who finds acceptance on his own terms...there's also a simple moral about tolerance and daring to be different. - Junior

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 234 x 288 x 4mm | 220g
  • 01 Jul 2001
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • ORCHARD BOOKS
  • London
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 1841215651
  • 9781841215655
  • 9

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Giles Andreae (Author) Giles Andreae is the author of many top selling award-winning picture books. For Orchard, these include Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean, and I Love My Mummy. However, it is for the international bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance that he is best known. Giles is also the creator of Purple Ronnie, Britain's favourite stickman, and of the artist/philosopher, Edward Monkton. These two ranges of greetings cards, books and merchandise have made Giles the country's top selling living poet and an icon of contemporary popular culture. Giles lives with his wife, Victoria, a children's clothes designer, and their four young children by the river in Oxfordshire. Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator) Guy Parker-Rees exuberant and energetic illustrations have made him a household name and one of today's bestselling children's illustrators. Notable successes include Giraffes Can't Dance - written by Giles Andreae, a worldwide besteller, and Richard & Judy children's book choice, Spookyrumpus, winner of the Sheffield, Dundee and Portsmouth book awards, and the highly acclaimed All Afloat on Noah's Boat. Guy lives in Brighton with his wife and three sons.

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An inspiration. Church Times A wonderful, light-hearted story. Bournemouth Daily Echo A hit with young children since it was first published 10 years ago Daily Express A can-do story with lively pictures and an immensely pleasing text. Times Educational Supplement Brilliant use of colour, a continual sense of movement and high good humour all help to make this picture book richly enjoyable. Carousel A gloriously colourful and lively book with a strong message. Sunderland Echo Superb...a wonderfully funny book. The Independent Extraordinary and exuberant...a terrific tale and a positive message about celebrating difference. Bournemouth Echo This rhyming poem is excellent. The Bookseller Managed to capture the hearts of countless children. A modern classic. Baby & Me A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp The Daily Telegraph A lovely rhyming picture book about understanding differences motherandbaby.co.uk Lovely Lytham St Annes Express This is a lovely story that incorporates several dance forms including waltz, tango, Scottish reel amd rock n roll. I have also used the story to introduce infant classes to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and had them playing along with it SAME Magazine A rhyming story with superb illustrations... wonderfully funny. Independent a joyful read about an outsider who finds acceptance on his own terms... there's also a simple moral about tolerance and daring to be different. Junior This delightful picture book is written in lively rhyming text with vivacious illustrations. Junior Witty match of rollicking rhyme and bold colour. Guardian A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them. Daily Telegraph

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Andreae's ode to a different drummer stumbles when it preaches about uncovering your own beat, but is ferried along by enough sweet verse and Parker-Rees's dazzling colors that it almost pulls its own weight. Gerald the giraffe's legs are too spindly for dancing; they are always buckling at the knees when it comes to the old soft-shoe. And while all the other creatures show some mean moves at the Jungle Dance ("The chimps all did a cha-cha / with a very Latin feel, / and eight baboons then teamed up / for a special Scottish reel"), poor Gerald is hooted off the dance floor before he even has a chance to crumple. As he shuffles homeward, and as he stops to admire the moon, a cricket suggests that "you just need a different song." So, to the sound of the wind in the trees, Gerald starts to move: a gentle swaying, some circling, and some swishing. Suddenly he commences to belt out Olympic-quality gymnastic moves-"Then he did a backward somersault / and leapt up in the air"-that blows the other animals away. But probably not readers, even the youngest of whom will want to know just why Gerald's legs didn't buckle this time, special music or not. Bad enough that in a story about rhythm, the verse doesn't always scan-but must Gerald strike the Travolta pose? Gerald doesn't find himself; he simply learns how to mimic. "(Picture book. 3-5)" (Kirkus Reviews)

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Customer reviews

Our favorite book!

our family's favorite book for almost three months now! great illustration, great story, awesome illustration! Definitely a must-have for all kids - we have 7, 4, 1 and they all love the book!show more
by Leng Demirkol

Winner with my kids

Both my kids (18 months and 3 months) really enjoy being read this book. My eldest loves pointing out the different animals and my 3 month old seems to enjoy the colourful illustrations. My kids may be too young to understand and appreciate the message of the book but I know they will when they get a bit older. Recommended.show more
by Merryn

Rythm and Rhyme

Giraffes Can't Dance engages kids with the rithmic text and colorful illustrations. It is a great book for kids to pick up rhyming words and have some fun making up their own words. The story of Gerald has good moral to it of not to judge others and finding your own individuality. Giles Andraea manage to once again create a story that is educational, fun and a definate buy.show more
by Yvette Spangenberg

basketball

what a beautiful book. My daughter got this as a gift from her kindergarten 10 years ago. It is a truly lovely read Highly recommendshow more
by Paula Mulholland

the cricket

my 1 1/2 year old son loves this book, however, his favourite part isnt the story or the giraffe but instead the cricket that plays the violin. He's hidden on every page and the fun for my son was finding him.... it provided months of entertainment for him!!show more
by amanda donovan