Giant Dance Party

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Giants can't dance!
Can they?

When Lexy takes on the task of teaching a gaggle of giants to dance, well, you can expect one giant dance party. Of course it doesn't start out that way. But as Lexy and her giants prove . . . where there is a will, there is a way. Where there is imagination, there is a way. Where there is perseverance, there is...

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Overview

Giants can't dance!
Can they?

When Lexy takes on the task of teaching a gaggle of giants to dance, well, you can expect one giant dance party. Of course it doesn't start out that way. But as Lexy and her giants prove . . . where there is a will, there is a way. Where there is imagination, there is a way. Where there is perseverance, there is a way. Where there is friendship, there is a way!

Absolutely anyone can dance.
And everyone in this book does!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
Librarian and blogger Betsy Bird takes on the subject of stage fright in her enjoyable first picture book. Though Lexy adores dancing, she has stage fright and hates recitals. As a result, she decides to give up dance lessons and teach them instead, because teachers never have to dance in public performances. Nobody shows up for her lessons though, until a troupe of large, blue, and furry giants tromp up to her doorstep, demanding their free lessons. Though at first she attempts to turn them away (giants cannot dance), she soon relents and quickly they are twisting, chicken dancing, and even Irish step dancing. At their own recital, however, the giants are overwhelmed by their own cases of stage fright, and Lexy must act fast in order to save the performance. Children will delight in Dorman’s colorful and lively pictures, which are the perfect complement to Bird’s text, and many young kids will relate to Lexy’s fears. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Bouncy Lexy loves to dance, but because of her stage fright and dislike of recitals, she tells her parents that she's done with it. Convinced that instructors never have to perform on a public stage, she opts to teach. She has trouble finding students and is ready to quit until five bumbling, furry blue giants with antennae show up at her door. After much instruction, they are ready for a recital, but once in front of an audience, they freeze with fright. Lexy overcomes her own performance anxiety and comes to their rescue onstage. Soon she and the giants are showing off their creative moves. The story nicely weaves together a realistic fear with fantasy elements. The characters' cheery personalities leap off the pages. Children will identify with Lexy and chuckle when they see the giants dancing. Dorman's peppy, full-color digital artwork, printed on glossy paper, pumps up the story line. Bird and Dorman's efforts blend into a delightful picture book with a feel-good ending.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Lexy lives to dance, but she dreads those terrifying recitals. Somehow all the joy she feels in dancing deserts her entirely when she is on a stage in front of an audience. She freezes like an ice pop. All her efforts at overcoming this phobia fail, so she quits dance school. She decides to take a totally different approach by becoming a dance teacher, since they don't have to perform. But in spite of great advertising and preparation, not a single pupil appears. The tale leaves the realm of the ordinary by introducing a group of fuzzy giants who truly love to dance, begging Lexy to teach them. Soon, they are leaping and step dancing and doing the twist. But at their recital, they turn into matching ice pops. Lexy leaps onto the stage, dances with joy and thaws the giants, who join her in a rip-roaring, crowd-pleasing spectacle, and, voila, stage fright is over for all of them. Strong, action-packed language and syntax that speaks directly to readers keep the tale flowing at a brisk pace and make the fantasy elements completely believable. Lexy is a charmer, full of pep and verve and enthusiasm, fully realized in Dorman's large-scale digital illustrations as she sprightly cavorts through the pages. Sheer joy. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061960833
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 504,790
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Bird is an author, librarian, and the popular blogger Fuse #8. As a child she took both ballet and Scottish Country dancing, and in college she performed everything from tap and swing to modern dance and a little (rather awful) Fosse. Betsy Bird was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now lives with her family in New York City, where she is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist.

Brandon Dorman lives in Puyallup, Washington, and is the creator of Pirates of the Sea! and Santa's Stowaway, and the illustrator of Jack Prelutsky's Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face, as well as Halloween Night, by Marjorie Dennis Murray.

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