Sunday, October 28, 2007

Shakin', Not Quakin': Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa

The author of Shake Dem Halloween Bones obviously agrees that what this country needs is MORE DANCING! And what better time to dance than Halloween, when you can hip-hop anonymously in your fanciest disguise?

In W. Nikola-Lisa's zippy, rhyming song, various fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters shake their bones to a bouncy beat.

Tom Thumb's a rockin'; he's a shaking' dem bones.
For a tiny little guy, he can shake it on home.
Come on, Li'l Tom, won't you dance with me
at the hip-hop Halloween ball?

Now look at Goldilocks
a-twirlin' them bears.
No wonder she busted
their rockin' chairs.
Come on, Li'l Goldie,
won't you dance with me
at the hip-hop Halloween ball?

The rockin' refrain and the vervy verses keep Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin and all the rest of the folktale gang shakin' it and not breakin' it until the final "Scoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-wah. YEAH!" This holiday book will give preschoolers a chance to work their wiggles out while having a happy time with some lilting and lively language.

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