Review: Can You Dance to the Boogaloo?

Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge by Pavilion Children’s Books to be reviewed. However, as per my PR info disclaimer, this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product.

Pavilion LogoProduct: Can You Dance to the Boogaloo? by Alice Lickens

Price: £5.99

Age Range: 2-4 years

Manufacturer’s Description: This feel-good, get-up-and-move story is about breaking out of boundaries. It is designed to explore the get up and go every child has burning within them. The colourful creatures pick up instruments, gathering in number and dancing through the pages finishing off with a dancing-on-the-rooftops night scene.

The rhythmical approach sets the pace to the jig and is complemented by the sounds of both the instruments and animals wraparound. Children can also learn the names and sounds of the instruments seen through the pages and join in, in their own way, with the veritable hullabaloo.

Rating:   (3/5 stars)

Can you Dance to the Boogaloo?

Review: Although I love the look of this book, with its fabulous illustrations and emphasis on encouraging your child to make music, I am struggling to like it whenever I read it to Georgie.

“Can you Dance to the Boogaloo” isn’t really a story book – more of a book about music, dance and is basically just about “getting your groove on”!

The text doesn’t feel rhythmical at all to me, and I stumble over extra syllables and fail to find a way to read it aloud comfortably. The language is quite fun, but there is no easy flow to this book; both James and I just can’t manage to find a rhythm that suits it at all. I’ve tried several different tempos but I still end up finding it difficult to read aloud.

The illustrations, however, are simply fabulous. There are a variety of animals and instruments, and it is very attractive. Georgie does find it visually appealing and enjoys looking through it.

There is a wide selection of instruments depicted in the book, and it is a good book to sit down with, look at the pictures, and talk about different ways of making music… As long as you don’t read it aloud while you’re looking at it!

We give this book 3 stars – visually fantastic, but the text just doesn’t live up to how it looks.

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