Giraffes can’t dance by Giles Andreae; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees (1999)

Wow, I hope you’re in the mood for a boogie, because it is almost impossible to read today’s picture book without getting twitchy feet. This book is a treasure, I can’t believe it has never crossed my path before today!

Gerald the giraffe has no dancing skills which makes the annual Jungle Dance something of a traumatic occasion.
“The chimps all did a cha-cha with a very latin feel. And eight baboons then teamed up For a splendid Scottish reel.”

Mocked by his fellow animals for his lack of dance-skill, Gerald slinks away unnoticed from the party. And he stumbles into some great advice from a cricket, “But sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song.”IMG_1058

Everything falls into place for Gerald the giraffe and he discovers his inner dancer. Gerald is an absolute delight. This story is beautiful, the language is lovely, the illustrations are brilliant, it’s one I could rave about for ages. Instead let’s all crank up the music and get our groove on in honour of Gerald.

Check out Giraffes can’t dance at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Giraffes can’t dance from Fishpond.

[Recommended by Emily – thanks Emily!]

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