Zoogie boogie fever! An animal dance book

Sujean Rim

Book - 2018

"What do the animals at the zoo do when the gates close at night? They boogie until dawn!"--

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New York : Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc 2018.
Main Author
Sujean Rim (author)
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

This rollicking picture book gives a whole new meaning to party animals. The narrator, a little red bird whose feathers are textured like corduroy, asks readers if they've ever wondered why zoo animals are so sleepy during the day. Zonked-out animals occupy the first few pages, but then the bird swears readers to secrecy. At the next page turn, an all-clear signal goes out from the giraffe and a riotous dance party breaks out, awesomely captured in a double-page spread of animals rocking out under a disco ball. The animals are decked out in dance togs like leg warmers and headbands, and kiddos will delight as turtles slow dance and a vulpine duo performs a fox-trot. The illustrations feature splashes of watercolor highlighting the animals, and textured, collage details. The bouncy, simple rhyme scheme keeps things zipping along. The shift from animals dancing to freezing when the zookeeper appears adds to the feeling of secret fun. Pair this involving, joyous read with Alexis Deacon's Slow Loris (2002)or Faye Hanson's Midnight at the Zoo (2017).--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-After the zoo closes, an assortment of animals come together to party the night away in an energetic romp. When the coast is clear, the creatures don a wide variety of dance attire, from ballet shoes to leg warmers, and "zoogie boogie" under the disco ball. The patrolling zookeeper's bright flashlight beam dramatically halts the wild shindig throughout the evening, but doesn't prevent the revelers from cavorting until the break of dawn. When the zoo opens, they finally get some shut-eye, with scattered remnants from the night's festivities being the zookeeper's only clue that something was amiss. Rim's spunky watercolor and collage illustrations with textured elements portray a quirky menagerie echoing a variety of dance styles, including a disco-dancing giraffe, a ballerina flamingo, and break dancing penguins. The narration builds suspense before revealing the after-hours celebration by instructing readers to slowly turn the page and "DON'T. TELL. ANYONE." Multiple dances are mentioned and are reflected in the illustrations, including the tango and foxtrot. The visually busy compositions with discordant colors capture the unbridled party vibe, although variations and inconsistencies in the rhyme and rhythm of the text may diminish the energy for some readers. VERDICT Although the illustrations depict funky dance details, the text is lacking a steady rhythm, which stymies the lively subject matter and results in an awkward read-aloud. An additional purchase.-Lauren White, Wake County Public Libraries, NC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

DON'T. TELL. ANYONE": each night, a boisterous group of zoo animals are overcome by "zoogie boogie fever!" A flamingo in pointe shoes, a panda wearing a sweatband, etc., dance the night away while trying to avoid the zookeeper's notice. Bold, kaleidoscopic mixed-media illustrations of animals cutting loose, combined with the story's read-aloud-ready energy, easily compensate for a stop-and-go rhyming text. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The zoo at night is a hip and happenin' place!"Have you ever wondered why all the animals at the zoo seem so tired?" Ever wondered why they sleep all the time? What do they do "when NO ONE is looking?" Well, first the giraffes make sure no humans are around. They alert the elephants, who notify the monkeys, and then the birds spread the word that it's time to Zoogie Boogie! Every animal dances to its own tune. They warm up with some wiggles and sways and jumps, all related in an infectiously catchy chant: "Look how FAST! Look how s l o w! Watch them TWIRL. Watch them GO!" Some dance moves have names, but others do not. When the zookeeper comes by, every animal stops and holds still. Then they start jiving again, doing the Zoogie Boogie all night long. They're done just in time for the zoo to openand that is why the animals are asleep every time you visit (just don't tell anyone). Rim's exuberant, mixed-media illustrations combine splashy watercolors, cut and torn paper, and photo collage, all in appropriately robust and colorful hues. They depict animals in boots and skirts and top hats and leg warmers, and they will have little readers doing free-form boogies of their own.It's certainly not a completely new idea that the animals dance overnight, but this makes a good addition to after-hours-at-the-zoo tales. (Picture book. 2-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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