It’s becoming commonplace for celebrities to become children book authors. First Madonna wrote The English Garden. Julianne Moore’s Freckleface Strawberry has been adapted into a Broadway show. Olympic Figure skating champion and winner of Dancing with the Stars Kristi Yamaguchi is the author of Dream Big Little Pig. Award-winning children’s author Josie Bissett (actress who played Jane Mancini on Fox TV’s Melrose Place) has done it again. Her first book, Tickle Monster, became a national sensation by getting kids and their parents to laugh, laugh, laugh. Now comes Boogie Monster, a loveable character from Planet Boogie whose only mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance.
Boogie Monster teaches kids that there’s no right or wrong way to dance. In the process, kids build confidence and have fun exercising. The story is upbeat and fun with matching colorful, bright and cheerful illustrations by Kevan J. Atteberry. There’s a nice pattern with lines that rhyme, but not in a forced, cheesey overdone way.
“You’re beginning to see what this BOOGIE’s about.
You’re beginning to figure your own movements out.
What if you danced every morning and night,
And invited some friends to share your delight?”
While it’s intended for a reading level of children ages 4-8, I was quite pleased to see it kept my 2 year old son’s interest who is usually partial to hearing only Yo Gabba Gabba and Olivia books read to him. 36 pages.
What are some of yours and your child’s favorite books?