Giraffes Can't Dance

  • by Giles Andreae
  • Narrated by Billy Dee Williams
  • 0 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. "Giraffes can't dance," they all jeer when it's Gerald's turn to prance. But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.

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Poor storyline saved by a fantastic performance

What made the experience of listening to Giraffes Can't Dance the most enjoyable?

The music is fantastic and my two year old enjoys this audiobook immensely.


What does Billy Dee Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice portrays a lot of swagger but it's entertaining to hear him do kid-friendly voices.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The storyline made me uncomfortable. We are very careful about the language we use around our children and my two year old immediately picked up on the line "Giraffes can't dance you silly FOOL" and its meant to be funny in the book, but the dialogue is mean-spirited and not the kind of thing I want my child picking up. I think the thing that bothers me the most is that the animals only like Gerald after he becomes a fabulous dancer. It may seem like i am over-analyzing this story but my child has listened to this story hundred times (it's one of his favorites) and each time I either turn down the volume or remind him those words are unkind. We own so many other books and this is the only one that has a real mean undertone. I think it was a missed opportunity to show kids a better way to deal with bullies.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2008
  • Publisher: Weston Woods Studios