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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841215651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841215655
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 0.5 x 29.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giles Andreae is the award-winning and bestselling author of Rumble in the Jungle, Giraffes Can't Dance and The Lion Who Wanted to Love. Giles is also the creator and voice behind Purple Ronnie. He lives in London.

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Gerald was a tall giraffe Whose neck was long and slim, But his knees were awfully bandy And his legs were rather thin...
Every year Gerald dreads the great Jungle Dance, and feels ashamed that he cannot tango and two-step with the rest of the jungle animals. But then one day he realises that it doesn't matter that he is different from everyone else--its just that he needs a different tune to dance to.

A lovely story, wittily illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees and told in rhyme by the award-winning author Giles Andreae, it has a stealth and humour that makes it perfect for reading aloud. Giraffes Can't Dance is a nifty little 1story that children and adults will love to read time and time again. (Ages 3 to 5 years) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Paula Knott on 15 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Another wonderful book from Giles Andreae. The other animals laugh at Gerald the Girafe because gangly "Girafes can't Dance" but Gerald learns from an unusual source that he can dance wonderfully when he can hear his own music. A real treaure that teaches children and adults alike that appearances can be deceptive and we must look past the cover. Look past this books cover and you find yourself on a magical road to self awareness. A great tool for discussing all forms of prejudice or just a wonderfully funny book. Read and enjoy whilst reader and child learn a valuable lesson for life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ACOA-UK! on 27 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
Superb book from Giles Andreae which subtly points out that we can do something if we really want to - it might just need a different approach!
Brilliantly illustrated throughout in vibrant 'jungle' colours, by Guy Parker-Rees.

Attractive paperback covers opens to 32 high quality shiny pages, in 2-page spread format.
The text is clear and easy-to-follow, and enhanced at the turning point of this story, FOR EFFECT!

Great for narrating - the flowing rhyming text is easy to encourage the important 'all-join-in', and being a larger paperback, measuring in around 23.75 cm x 29.25 cm, it is clearly visible from the 'back of the pack', as we call it in our little reading corner!

The rhyme begins with a description of Gerald the Giraffe and what he is at good at, i.e. standing tall and munching lofty shoots. However those long legs are not the best for chasing after butterflies.....or dancing at the 'Jungle Annual'!

The atmospheric illustrations are packed with finer detail promoting extra 'look and see' games, counting, name the different sorts of animals, the various dances......and the facial expressions are key - so typically human - from the sadness/happiness of dawning realisation, the determined preoccupation of the 'dancers' and the hilarity of most!

Gerald is really sad because he can't dance:-

* he can't waltz, he can't rock 'n' roll, he can't tango, he can't cha-cha.....and he certainly can't Scottish reel!

But he goes onto the dance floor, anyway - and off again!

He starts to walk home all alone.....but......
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Billi Street on 20 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading so many good reviews on this site. I couldn't even get through it without crying!!! That may have been an over-reaction but it really is a wonderful story and the illustrations are beautiful. Definitely my favourite book in my daughter's collection (and let's face it, it's just as important for the parents to love the kid's books as they're the ones reading them out loud every day of their lives!).
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By hejosi@mail.dk on 9 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Giraffes can't dance is simply a wonderful book that teaches children that not everyone is the same, and that everyone has hidden talents. A humorous and well illustrated work. Highly recomended.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Vintage fine maid on 29 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A brilliant book, with fantastic illustrations. The verse moves with pace and read aloud to children immediately catches their imagination. The jungle animals are shown dancing but poor Gerald the giraffe feels very clumsy until he meets a friendly cricket. A tale with a moral, we may all be different but 'Sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to'. The audio tape is equally briliant. Not only do you have the verse read by Hugh Laurie but the music to accomapany each dance. An excellent introduction to different kinds of music, so rare these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helpful Advice on 24 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
"Giraffes Can't Dance" written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees is book for children that will teach them the lessons of friendship and that you shouldn't listen to others when they tell you something is impossible for you to do, because too much effort needs to be invested.

The main character is Gerald the Giraffe who more than anything wants to learn dancing.
However, given Gerald's constitution, thin legs and bandy knees that seems like an almost impossible mission to achieve.
But encouraged by words from an unexpected friend, Gerald and small readers will learn that anyone can dance when music that we love is found...

Besides Giles Andreae humorous and inspiring text, the book especially excels on illustrations part, providing many funny pictures of dancing animals - tango dancing lions, rock 'n' roll rhinos, cha-cha chimps - that kids will love.
But, of course, the nicest are pages showing our main guy Gerald who from clumsy dancer eventually will become a big dancing star who performs acrobatic stunts.

Overall, this at first glance simple book gives the small reader many lessons of persistence, hard work and friendship.
And if they still fail in something they really want, they should remember that because they're might not good at some things there are many other of their talents in which they'll be great that will eventually make them happy.

Therefore, due to the beautiful lessons and book presentation, "Giraffes Can't Dance" can be recommended to every child.
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