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Penguin cha cha, Kristi Valiant

Label
Penguin cha cha
Title
Penguin cha cha
Statement of responsibility
Kristi Valiant
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Penguins are dancing in their cove, and a young girl is determined to join in the fun
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • K-Gr 2 — In this sweet zoo fantasy, Julia notices that the penguins are pilfering props from a stage show. When she spies on them from afar, she sees that the birds are dancing in their cove. The zookeeper doesn't believe her, and the penguins won't dance when she is near, so she goes undercover by dressing herself as one of them and finding a partner in Hippo-to no avail. Disappointed, Julia goes home but returns the next day to demonstrate a different dance, and with a "Tap, flap, cha-cha-cha," the penguins simply can't resist joining in. The illustrations are full of gentle colors, loose gestural lines, and broad curves that convey a sense of whimsy and draw readers into a soft-focus world where reality is just slightly different. With the exception of the hippo, the penguins and other animals are not overly anthropomorphized, which adds humorous incongruity to the story and further blurs the line between reality and fantasy. The image of the zookeeper checking on the penguins, seeing Julia in her obvious disguise, and concluding that all is well is an absurd delight that channels the logic that young children apply as they learn to differentiate between what is possible and impossible. A great one-on-one read that will surely generate delightful discussions between adults and children, this one is guaranteed to dance off the shelves.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake, MN --Anna Haase Krueger (Reviewed August 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 8, p91)
  • Julia devises a plan to dance with penguins at the zoo. Sharp-eyed Julia is perched high up in a tree watching a human dance troupe perform when she notices penguins stealing away with a boa, hats and fans. She follows them back to Penguin Cove, but all she sees are immobile black-and-white forms. Still curious, she brings out her binoculars and watches from a Ferris wheel as they jitterbug, hip-hop and boogie-woogie. Donning a top hat, she runs in to join them, but they are as still as "penguin Popsicles." Still determined, she designs a perfect penguin costume and enlists Hippo as her partner. The penguins stand motionless. At long last, Julia achieves success when she teaches the penguins how to cha-cha. Now it is "[t]ap, flap, cha-cha-cha," all around the ice. Valiant has crafted a fast-paced and entertaining tale of zoo shenanigans. Her watercolor paintings are fluid, swirling about the page with dance-floor fluidity. She plays with perspective and page design to present an eye-catching array of dance moves and colorful attire that could grace any ballroom floor or penguin habitat. Fans of penguins and fans of dance and movement alike will enjoy this humorous romp. (Picture book, 3-7)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10217457
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Valiant, Kristi
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.V2537
LC item number
Pe 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Penguins
  • Dance
  • Penguins
  • Dance
  • Dance
  • Penguins
Target audience
preschool
Label
Penguin cha cha, Kristi Valiant
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn794603909
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375870729
Lccn
2012016265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)794603909
Label
Penguin cha cha, Kristi Valiant
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn794603909
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375870729
Lccn
2012016265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)794603909

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