Giles Andreae Giraffes Can’t Dance

Last updated date: July 16, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5

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We looked at the top 1 Picture Books and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Present Senses, Little Parachutes, Kindermusik, Kid's Book Review, Looking Glass Review, NJ Kids, The Home Of Sir Forum, Bennett's Book Reviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Picture Book you should buy.

Overall Take

Giraffes Can’t Dance" by Giles Andreae is an absolute joy to read to little ones. This book captivates your smallest listeners, and with a rhyming scheme throughout, your little one might even catch on to the story after just a few reads. This book is must-have for your child’s library. In our analysis of 85 expert reviews, the Giles Andreae Giles Andreae Giraffes Can't Dance placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Picture Book for a detailed review of all the top picture books.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
3,869 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The book is written in four-line stanzas and the second and fourth lines have ending words that rhyme. I do love a good rhyming book- as it keeps the story flowing and engaging.
- Present Senses
We loved the humorous rhyme that this book is written in, and the positive moral messages.
- Little Parachutes
Giraffes Can’t Dance engages the reader from the very first page and then tugs at the heartstrings because of the teasing and bullying that Gerald endures.
- Kindermusik
September 27, 2017 | Full review
The rhymes makes for easy reading and children will love and laugh at the pictures showing animals doing all manner of unusual things.
- Kid's Book Review
April 27, 2010 | Full review
If we were all the same, the world would be a rather dull place. Thankfully, we all sense and experience things in our own unique ways, which means that we don’t all dance, speak, sing, or create art in the same way. In this picture book, children meet a giraffe who cannot dance, until he discovers that he needs to find his own music and rhythm.
- Looking Glass Review
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a small board book with a big message.
- NJ Kids
The illustrations in this book are amazing; they are rich in colour and fill each double page. The colours used capture the warmth and vibrant nature of Africa. The pictures mainly show the various animals and show the time of day in the story. The attention to detail is incredible; one thing that struck me is that all the animals have shadows, which adds to the quality of the pictures.
- The Home Of Sir Forum
November 2, 2008 | Full review
Giraffes Can’t Dance has a fun, rhyming pattern that is great for younger children to follow, in addition to the story’s wonderful theme of perseverance and overcoming adversity.
- Bennett's Book Reviews
January 14, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It is doubtful the very young will understand the true message (indeed, this is a weighty topic for even older children), but still the idea that Gerald lacks confidence
- NJ Kids

From The Manufacturer

Giles Andreae is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN. Giles lives in London with his wife and three children. Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.

Overall Product Rankings

1. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Giles Andreae Giraffes Can’t Dance
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Adir Levy What Should Danny Do?
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Mo Willems Waiting Is Not Easy!
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Andrea Beaty Rosie Revere, Engineer
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Herve Tullet Press Here
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Ashley Spires The Most Magnificent Thing
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Picture Books

There is nothing like enjoying the fascination of a child when you read to them from a picture book. Whether you cozy up under a blanket on a couch or read by a flashlight in a tent, your audience is sure to find joy in reading their favorite picture book over and over again. Picture books are a great combination of beautiful art (art is in the eye of the beholder) and compelling prose. There are only a few things that a good picture book needs, and you will certainly know when you’ve found a good one!

As a reader and true appreciator of a picture book, you’ll automatically find several things that make you love a picture book. First is the story. There is nothing better than a good story, and if it is good, it will certainly stick in your mind and keep you wanting to read the same book time after time. Kids often hold on to stories that are relatable — like “Goodnight Moon,” which is a story of something they can easily identify in the sky when they say goodnight.  On the other hand, picture books for young adults or teens might have a story of things that are out of this world and magical, such as “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition.”

Next, readers and onlookers alike will find that when the words and the art perfectly complement each other, the picture book will be a winner. In “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, you’ll find a kid-friendly storyline with child-like drawings for the pictures. This children’s book masters the playful give and take of the words with the pictures.

Lastly, the best picture books will yield that encore shouting from your little ones when you get to the end. That yearning for a reread is a surefire sign of a fantastic picture book. You will find that in “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin.

Find that fun reading time with your kiddos when you pull these awesome picture books off the bookshelf and snuggle in for some quality time with them.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first children’s book with illustrations was “Orbis Sensualium Pictus” or “The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures.” It was written in 1658 by John Comenius, a Czech native. He wrote it in Latin, but with excellent drawings throughout of the most common things known to man, from animals to insects, scenery and even breathe from a man’s mouth. It was quite popular and became implemented in some schools as well.

Although it was popular then, most homes do not contain a copy of this book for their children. Research from 2001 shows that “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey was the number one selling picture book in history with over 14,800,000 copies sold (at that point). This book was atop a list with books by multiple famous authors such as Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling and Beatrix Potter.

The Picture Book Buying Guide

  • One thing to keep in mind when buying a good picture book is your audience. Do your kids like a specific topic such as animals, vehicles or insects? And always keep their age in mind as you look for a good picture book.
  • Read the book summary before buying it to give you an idea of the story, and flip through the pages to check out the art.
  • Look for reviews from other readers.
  • Use your best resources: family and friends’ suggestions.
  • Make a visit to your local library and ask a librarian for suggestions. If your kiddo loves a book you read from the library, you can buy it to add to your child’s personal library.
  • Interactive picture books are a fantastic way to get children to love picture books. Even if the book doesn’t have flaps or touch-and-feel features, you can make a book interactive by asking the child to find a hidden object or dance like the characters in the book. Make it fun for them so they want to read the book again.