The Animal Boogie
by Debbie Harter Year Published: 2011
Filled with brilliant tropical colors, this lively picture book combines poetry, song, and dance into a dazzling and fun-packed guessing game. On one double spread, the text reads, "Down in the jungle, come if you dare!/What can you see shaking here and there?" A monkey, a leopard, an elephant, and several other creatures move in their own particular ways. The rhythm of the text encourages children to boogie-woogie right along. The vivid illustrations, done in watercolor, crayon, and pen and ink, show lush jungle scenes, colorful animals, and a cast of smiling children. A simple musical score and CD are included. Recommended reading level: grades 1-2, though can be read aloud to younger children.