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Giant dance party

by Bird, Betsy,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 18 Libraries 19 of 23 copies
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Summary

Betsy Bird knows all there is to know about kids and books. She is the New York Public Library's youth collections specialist, she writes a blog hosted by School Library Journal, and has served on the Newbery Medal committee. Now Betsy Bird has written a children's book of her own, Giant Dance Party.

In this rollicking picture book, a group of giants shows up at Lexy's door wanting dance lessons. After some initial hesitation, Lexy is happy to teach them, and her dance classes end with all her students--as well as Lexy herself--overcoming their fears and putting on a boogying performance.

Brandon Dorman, an award-winning artist whose work can be found in The Wizard, and on the covers of Fablehaven and Goosebumps, brings the giants and their dance moves to life with his full-color illustrations.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This picture book, by prominent ­librarian-blogger Bird, includes such irresistible ingredients as a determined young girl, furry blue giants, and lots and lots of dancing. It begins, however, with a sign the girl has painted: I quit ballet and tap and jazz and tango and Scottish Highland dancing! Apparently, Lexy loves to dance but hates recitals because she always freezes in fright. Dorman depicts Lexy as cartoonishly cute, with her big head and nimble body, dancing around with joy offstage at least. Lexy hits upon the solution of becoming a dance teacher and advertises her free services. Dorman's versions of Lexy's only customers huge blue creatures with antennae, little ears, pig noses, and overpowering enthusiasm are an unmitigated delight. After they overcome Lexy's reluctance to teach them, these lumbering giants inspire Lexy to dance onstage without fear or worry. In addition to the sweet outcome (a wild rumpus of sorts), librarians will note the names of Lexy's toys: Anne, Carroll, and Moore.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Readers will finish this debut picture book from children's librarian and book blogger Bird understanding the value of facing one's fears, but even more likely, they'll want lessons in Irish step dancing and the electric slide. Lexy loves dancing at home, but stage fright takes over during recitals: "She'd freeze like an ice pop and never dance a step. Not one. Not ever." Dorman's (Snowman Magic) candy-colored digital illustrations capture Lexy's mood swings as she sulkily announces she's quitting dance, attempts to overcome her stage fright, and hits on the perfect solution: she'll become a dance teacher. Response to Lexy's advertisements is muted (read: nonexistent) until five furry blue giants appear on her doorstep, requesting lessons. Bird's chatty narrative is dynamic and funny, as are Dorman's images of the twirling giants, which resemble a cross between pigs and fuzzy indigo caterpillars. Happily, Bird sticks to fun over "message moments," though Lexy's exuberant final performance has a grain of advice for readers attempting something scary: don't overthink it. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. Illustrator's agent: Peter Lott, Lott Reps. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dance -- Juvenile fiction.
Giants -- Juvenile fiction.
Dance -- Fiction.
Giants -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Greenwillow Books,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Dorman, Brandon, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9780061960833 (trade bdg.)
0061960837 (trade bdg.)
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