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    Giraffes Can't Dance (Orchard Books) (Paperback) By (author) Giles Andreae, Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

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    DescriptionGerald 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 from an award-winning creative team. 2009 sees the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book loved by children everywhere.


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    Title
    Giraffes Can't Dance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giles Andreae, Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 32
    Width: 234 mm
    Height: 288 mm
    Thickness: 4 mm
    Weight: 220 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841215655
    ISBN 10: 1841215651
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: EY, PIB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y1.3
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: YBC
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AC
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BIC children’s book marketing category: A3M79
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22100
    Libri: ENGM3100, BILD4700, ENGL1805
    BISAC V2.8: JUV000000
    BIC subject category V2: 5AC
    Thema V1.0: YBC
    Illustrations note
    colour and b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    Hachette Children's Books
    Imprint name
    ORCHARD BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 July 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Guy Parker-Rees'exuberant and energetic illustrations have made him a household name and one of today's bestselling children's illustrators. Notable success include Giraffes Can't Dance, a worldwide success and recently a 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 young sons. 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's other work has included poetry installations for The Natural History Museum and for the Selfridges Millennium windows. He is an ambassador for The Arts Award and Tesco's Ambassador for Books into Schools and Clubs. Giles lives with his wife, Victoria, a children's clothes designer, and their four young children by the river in Oxfordshire.
    Review quote
    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 A rhyming story with superb illustrations... wonderfully funny. Independent 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
    Review text
    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)