The Boogie Monster Who Will Make You Put on your Dancing Shoes (& Boogie Legs™)

photo by Heidi Green Photography

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.

photo by Heidi Green Photography

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.

The book is available by itself or you can purchase the complete Boogie Monster Dance Kit with Boogie Legs™ (also sold individually) and a dance music CD by Recess Monkey.

What are some of yours and your child’s favorite books?

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Lainie Gutterman - Before giving birth to her son in 2009 and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Lainie was a founding partner of a Public Relations firm. Lainie describes herself as "a natural born publicist who is constantly spreading the word about new products, activities and events." When Lainie is not chasing after her son or they are not watching Nick Jr or reading together, she scrapbooks and writes posts for her blog, "Me, Myself & Baby I" at Lainie and her family live in New York City, where she sacrifices living space (but not style) to be in the center of it all in "the city that never sleeps." (Fortunately, her toddler is a sound sleeper who doesn't rise until after 9am, on most days.)

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