cover image Dance


Matthew Van Fleet. S&S/Wiseman, $19.99 (16p) ISBN 978-1-4814-8707-8

Reprising the format of interactive books that include Color Dog, Heads, Moo, and Munch, Van Fleet returns with a story that sees a newborn chick heading to the dance hall to learn how to boogie. Hippos, rabbits, pigs, and other animals take turns showing off dance moves (“Cool, Chickie baby, now you’re great and gettin’ greater!/ Now swing both your arms and do the Gator Mashed Potater!”), and readers help the creatures shake their stuff by pulling sturdy cardboard tabs on the right-hand edge of the spreads. Working in the clean cartoon style of his previous books, Van Fleet creates a carefree cast of dancing animals; the baby chick joins in the dancing almost immediately, and children are all but certain to follow suit. A rockabilly recording of the song, performed by Dave Bickler of the rock band Survivor, is available for online listening. Ages 2–up. (Feb.)