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Giraffes Can't Dance Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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Audio Cassette, Audiobook, Unabridged
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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)
About the 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.
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I bought the Kindle version of this book and it has lovely bright colour pictures and tells the story of Gerald the giraffe who struggles to dance with the other animals in Africa at the annual jungle dance.
Sad and disillusioned, he ends up leaving the dance and heading home. Not long after, after looking at the moon and talking to a cricket he discovers that he actually can dance. While the cricket plays his violin, Gerald's dancing attracts all the other animals who come and watch him shuffle his hooves and somersault around. They all agree that he is the best dancer of all the animals, but this is only possible when he hears the music that he likes.
It is a sweet story and the illustrations capture the moments perfectly. It is written in a rhyming style, much like a poem.
Good for conversations with little ones too. Great illustrations throughout.
It's a sweet story, extremely well-told, with pleasing rhymes and an easy rhythm. The illustrations are lovely, and the moon and stars theme is perfect for bedtime. My daughter and I both love this book and would absolutely recommend it to others, even for very young children like mine.
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