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Giraffes Can’t Dance

by Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees

Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance . . . or can they?

2009 sees the 10th anniversary of the bestselling picture book and this sturdy board book edition of this funny, touching and triumphant story from an award-winning creative team will delight and entertain every toddler.

#44 in Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books poll, 2014


About Giles Andreae

Giles is the author of many best-selling and award-winning children’s books including Giraffes Can’t DanceRumble in the JunglePants and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Giles is also the creator of the stick-man cartoon poet, Purple Ronnie, and of the playful artist/philosopher, Edward Monkton. Giles lives near Oxford with his wife and 4 young children, and has a studio overlooking the sea in Cornwall, where he writes and draws many of his best-known creations. What makes Giles most happy is playing on the beach with his family in the sunshine.

About Guy Parker-Rees

One of my earliest memories is of a huge Kudu antelope sticking his neck in the car window to try and gobble up our sandwiches. I was born in Zimbabwe and I can still remember the smell of the huge, hot granite rocks. My older sister, my two brothers and I came back to a cold grey England when I was three. I spent a lot of my time at school doodling and painting, then did a degree in English and Philosophy at York University, where I spent a lot of time painting and doodling. I worked as a mural painter, an arts and crafts teacher and as an art therapist, among other things, before finding out that I really wanted to illustrate children's books. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the best writers of children's books. When a story is good, ideas just leap into my head and all I have to do is scribble them down. I am very proud of the fact that Giraffes Can't Dance, written by Giles Andreae, has gone on to be such an international best seller. It is such a wonderful story. Equally, the fact that several of the books I've illustrated for Tony Mitton have won awards which were voted for by children is very satisfying. I like to convey feelings in my work by using a vibrant, bouncing line, strong colours and getting expressions just right. I find it very exciting when it all comes together. Oh, and I like drawing lots of animals too. I enjoy doing school visits to talk about how I illustrate and do some drawing with the audience. I live in Brighton with my wife and three children. It's a half hour walk across the park to get to my studio, which I share with three other illustrators.


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