Giraffes Can't Dance

Giraffes Can't Dance : International No.1 Bestseller

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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 picture book story about a giraffe who finds his own tune and confidence too, with joyful illustrations from Guy Parker Rees and a foiled cover. ... wonderfully funny. - IndependentA 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 TelegraphA 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. - Juniorshow more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 234 x 288 x 4mm | 220g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Italian
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 1841215651
  • 9781841215655
  • 30

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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 * Witty match of rollicking rhyme and bold colour. * Guardian * This delightful picture book is written in lively rhyming text with vivacious illustrations. * Junior * 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 * A rhyming story with superb illustrations... wonderfully funny. * Independent * This rhyming story will delight young children and get them popping along with the rhythm * Evening Standard * Giraffes Can't Dance ... has been a bestseller for more than 15 years - and for good reason ... There's a very powerful message in there about daring to be different, and accepting others too * Irish Daily Mail * 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 * Lovely * Lytham St Annes Express * A lovely rhyming picture book about understanding differences * * A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp * The Daily Telegraph * Managed to capture the hearts of countless children. A modern classic. * Baby & Me * This rhyming poem is excellent. * The Bookseller * Extraordinary and exuberant...a terrific tale and a positive message about celebrating difference. * Bournemouth Echo * Superb...a wonderfully funny book. * The Independent * A gloriously colourful and lively book with a strong message. * Sunderland Echo * Brilliant use of colour, a continual sense of movement and high good humour all help to make this picture book richly enjoyable. * Carousel * A can-do story with lively pictures and an immensely pleasing text. * Times Educational Supplement * A hit with young children since it was first published 10 years ago * Daily Express * A wonderful, light-hearted story. * Bournemouth Daily Echo * An inspiration. * Church Times *show more

About Giles Andreae

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 more

Rating details

16,019 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
5 52% (8,285)
4 29% (4,676)
3 15% (2,429)
2 3% (464)
1 1% (165)

Our customer reviews

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
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. more
by Merryn
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 more
by Yvette Spangenberg
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
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
The words flow so beautifully, and it sounds fantastic read aloud. The illustrations capture expressions, and have movement (perfect for a book about dancing!). The message of the story is a nice one more
by Katherine Kerr
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