Dance, Dance, Dance!
Dance, Dance, Dance!

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Annotation: Horse and Buggy are best friends, but Horse likes to dance and Buggy does not, until Horse shows him how to get down!
Catalog Number: #160248
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-3859-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-3859-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017019226
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In the tradition of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie stories, a new duo nstantly moving, gray-spotted, bug-eyed Horse and a skeptical, equally bug-eyed fly named Buggy scusses what actually constitutes dancing, while demonstrating their dance moves. Horse gyrates to music that only he can hear, which causes Buggy to question whether he is really dancing or just moving about. When Horse invites Buggy to dance, Buggy declines, but then begrudgingly shows her moves when Horse suggests that perhaps she can't dance. Unimpressed with Buggy's efforts, Horse turns on a boom box, and Buggy finds her groove, only to have Horse collapse in exhaustion. This picture-book-sized easy reader manages to effectively portray the interaction between the two while keeping the vocabulary limited. Full-page illustrations with just the characters and minimal accoutrements against colorful backgrounds cleverly enhance the text and set a humorous tone. While grandparents might chuckle at the dance moves from Saturday Night Fever and Flashdance, young ones will enjoy the spirit.
Horn Book
Horse loves to dance, even without music; Buggy, a small bug, does not. But when Horse challenges Buggy to dance and then pumps some tunes ("What a fun song!"), Buggy and Horse boogie down until Horse tires out. Horse and Buggy's back-and-forth dialogue is simple and funny, as are the cartoon illustrations, which depict Horse doing the tango, the Charleston, the robot, and more on brightly colored backgrounds.
Kirkus Reviews
From the opening panels it is clear that this is not a quiet reading book. Much to Buggy's chagrin,
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
From the opening panels it is clear that this is not a quiet reading book. Much to Buggy's chagrin, Horse loves to dance! The rubber-legged horse hops, leaps, twists, break-dances, and pirouettes across the pages. There's even a John Travolta pose—all before the title page. But, hearing no music, Buggy insists, "You are just moving around." In a sweet twist, Horse sympathetically declares, "I am not happy. Because you are not happy." The problem is resolved with humor and compassion. Horse supplies music they can both hear. Then they both dance. Long uses fewer than 50 different words, many repeatedly, to tell this engaging story. "Dance," "can," and "can't" are on almost every spread, ensuring new readers' success. Hints to the meanings of more-challenging words are included in the pictures. The text consists entirely of Horse and Buggy's conversation. Who is speaking is made clear by placing their simple declarative sentences in blocks of white with an arrow pointing at the speaker. The friends are cartoonish characters drawn in shades of gray with expressive round eyes; Horse's are lashless, while Buggy's sport three long lashes apiece, suggesting gender. These uncluttered and somewhat silly illustrations against solid blocks of teal, purple, orange, and green match the text perfectly. As Horse says, "turn off the frown. Start getting down!" Beginning readers—get up, dance, and read! (Early reader. 4-8)
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Word Count: 144
Reading Level: 0.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 193653 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 170L
Guided Reading Level: E

This easy-to-read picture book introduces Horse and Buggy, two hilarious new characters from Theodor Seuss Geisel Medalist Ethan Long!

Horse and Buggy are best friends, but they don’t always see eye to eye. When Buggy sees Horse dancing, he asks, "What are you doing?" "I am dancing," Horse replies. "I am the best dancer. I have the best dances!" "You are not dancing. You are just moving around." Can Horse convince the reluctant Buggy to lighten up and join in? YES!

In this side-splitting story about friendship, Horse and Buggy learn that doing something together makes it twice as fun.

The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards.  Acclaimed author-illustrators--including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own! 

Level E stories feature a distinct beginning, middle, and end, with kid-friendly illustrations offering clues for more challenging sentences.  Varied punctuation and simple contractions may be included. Level E books are suitable for early first graders. When Level E is mastered, follow up with Level F.

A Junior Library Guild selection!
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

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