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Boogie to the beat with this spirited book! Come and join the fun as leopards, snakes, and other colorful jungle creatures show kids from all over the world how to dance the animal boogie. A lively rhyming text, a simple musical score, and an easy-to-learn dance routine teach children coordination and make sure they have plenty of fun at the same time!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Harter (Walking Through the Jungle) once again plunges into a flamboyantly hued jungle, and--as the title hints--the joint is jumpin'. With a cast of multi-ethnic children (including a wheelchair-bound girl) serving as guides, readers discover that all the inhabitants have rhythm, like the fluffy black bear with a purple nose who "goes shake, shake, boogie, woogie, oogie!" and a hooded red snake with blue polka dots who "goes slither, slither, boogie, woogie, oogie!" Harter offers up spirited animal characterizations on each spread: a wiry orange monkey swings through the sapphire sky, a lean saffron leopard covers two spreads in a single leap. The paper-over-board book's visual electricity, along with its irresistible repetition of the "oogie" sound and rollicking beat (a simple music score is included at the end of the book, so the text can be sung) make this a particularly good choice for a lively group with an itch to move. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Deep in the Indian jungle the animals boogie, each in a distinctively flamboyant manner. This is a happy rhyming book further enlivened by brightly colored illustrations filled with the teeming activity of the jungle. Youngsters are given hints and glimpses of a creature on one page and then asked to guess its identity before turning to the next page containing the answer. "Down in the jungle where there's danger all around," a furry bear shakes and an agile monkey swings while the elephant stomps, the vulture flaps, the leopard leaps and the cobra slithers. The animals boogie, woogie, oogie among the flowers and trees and, at the end, "Who is swaying left and right?" Why, "We are!" and "That's the way we boogie through the night!" A line of smiling children sway in the clearing while all the creatures look on in the background. The words are set to music at the back of the book. 2000, Barefoot Books, Ages 4 to 6, $14.99. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This lively dance-along song and storybook complement each other perfectly. Debbie Harter's book allows children to guess which Indian jungle animal will appear next, and the lyrics (written by Stella Blackstone) encourage them to participate in the movement story. The CD is sung by popular children's performer Fred Penner, who has recorded one vocal version of the song. This is followed by an instrumental version which includes appropriate animal sounds throughout the score. The recording is faithful to the rhyming text of the book, making it a good musical read-aloud for story hours and animal study units. The colorful watercolor, crayon, and pen illustrations fill the large format book, further adding to its usefulness with groups of youngsters. The boys and girls depicted in the story, one on each page discovering the featured animal, are ethnically diverse and include some with disabilities. Don't hesitate to add this to your collection of children's audio materials.-Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Part guessing-game and part dance, this rollicking picture book takes readers on a wild safari. Lively verses introduce young readers to several familiar jungle inhabitants; bear, monkey, elephant, leopard, and snake, while the inclusion of a vulture adds an exotic touch. Divided into two sections, the first half of the verse describes movements of an animal. "Down in the jungle where the leaves lie deep, / What can you see learning how to leap? . . ." Readers turn the page to discover the animal and the second part of the verse. "IT'S A LEOPARD / She goes leap, leap, boogie, woogie, oogie! / Leap, leap, boogie, woogie, oogie! / Leap, leap, boogie, woogie, oogie! / That's the way she's learning how to leap." The song trots along at sprightly pace; however, speakers may find themselves (or at least their voices) boogie woogied out by the final animal. Harter's brilliantly colored illustrations are an exuberant extension of the tale. Bright watercolors bring the jungle to life in a riot of vivid hues. A full-bleed, two-page spread accompanies each section of verse. Harter cleverly incorporates the featured animal, partially obscured by the greenery, into the illustration for the guessing portion of the song, providing readers with a visual clue. Her array of multicultural and differently-abled children all partake enthusiastically in the fun, as each section depicts an inquisitive child searching for and later dancing along with the featured animal. A rambunctious read-aloud that is sure to get listeners on their feet and dancing to the beat. A musical score is included. (Picture book. 2-6)Hoban, Tana CUBES, CONES, CYLINDERS, & SPHERES Greenwillow/HarperCollins (24 pp.) Oct. 31, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846867163
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 1
  • Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    This used to be one of my favorite books to read for story time

    This used to be one of my favorite books to read for story time when I worked at the public library. The silly song appealed to preschool-age and school-age kids. I checked this book out from the library for my son when he was about eleven months old. I thought he would enjoy the playful, colorful illustrations. He did. However, I completely underestimated how much he would enjoy the silly song about the jungle animals. I had to read (sing) this book at least once a day every day for the three weeks we had it checked out. So I bought him his own copy. And he still loves the silly song and colorful illustrations, although, thankfully, I don't have to read the book every day anymore. 
    I would recommend buying this book in hard cover to hold up to many, many readings, and also buying the version with the CD -- especially if you are not especially skilled at reading music and carrying a tune. Also, after about the third time singing through the book in one day, your voice may appreciate a rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    "The Animal Boogie" was about kids singing how the animals dance, how the bear goes shake shake and how all the animals boogie. I think this book is a really good one to read to little kids, it has a lot of colorful and bright colors that would grab the children's attention. I think the illustrator of this book could have drawn better pictures, not just stick figures. This book should have won a Caldecott award because of how attractive it is to the children. In my opinion this book is a really good book.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    fantastic book

    This book is super wonderful, my kiddos first experienced it at daycare and loved it so much they immediately picked it when they got gift cards. Highly recommended for kiddos & parents of all ages!!

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    The Animal Boogie, by Debbie Harter, great for any story time.

    The Animal Boogie is an beautifully illustrated book that allows children to become involved in the story. I use it at story time nearly every week and the kids just love it. The author uses vivid illustrations that includes children from all walks of life. The kids love to shout out the animal from the clues and to act out the movement and of course to "Boogie". Great for Pre School, for a movement lesson, or to use for any animal theme in the classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001


    I read this book last year to my daughters' Pre-k class and asked all the children to participate as I read. Needless to say, they all loved it!!! I decided to pass the book on to their teacher. This year I've been asked to help makeup the reading schedule of parents for my daughters' Kindergarten class. Since I'm first to read, Guess what book I've chosen. 'The Animal Boogie'. This should get everyone excited for the coming year. This book has great Rhythm and Musical text which children love. Thank you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000


    I have a one year old and a two year old who both love this book. I have to read it at least 5 times a day. The sing song rhythm and the colorful pictures are engaging for readers of any age.

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