- Book Style: Storybook for children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 4-6 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Colorful, expressive, cute
- Age Target: 2-6 Years of Age
Alook’s Dance in France is a children’s storybook about a magical journey around the world. The journey travels from the US to Africa and everywhere in between. It ends in Paris, France where Alook learns how to do the Koolamundo street dance with his international friends. Which is where the book gets its name, in case you hadn’t put that together. Now, Alook also has an enchanted magic bead that he carries with him wherever he goes. The bead keeps his home, personal belongings and travel journal safe inside of the magic bead until he needs them. What you and your child will read about is how Alook is interested in all the different cultures of the world, and that will drive your child to wonder about all the great places of the world.
And we all know how the traveller’s bug hits young people!
Now, we’ve reviewed Kimberley Kleczka’s books before and I’m hoping we’ll get to review more! This is because she honestly does a great job at a couple of things that make the books incredibly worthwhile. First off, I’m always impressed by her ability to rhyme. I mean, anyone that can find a way to rhyme ‘Nebraska’ and not make it seem completely out of place has my vote. Just imagine how hard it would be to rhyme the names of cities and countries of this world and you get an idea just how good Kimberley is. She rhymes flawlessly on every page of the book and through that she helps your child stay interested and retain more of the words in the book.
The other thing I’m always so impressed with in the author’s books is her messaging. In Alook’s Dance in France, Kimberley is explaining just how diverse our world is, and it’s that diversity that makes it great. She goes out of her way to make sure that your child wants to know more about places he or she might not be familiar with. We all know how much we want our children to be curious little creatures, and this book cultivates just that.
As per usual (for our author, that is), this book is very positive. It’s fun and there’s really nothing negative in the book that you or your child will frown at. The characters are light-hearted, the story is fun, and every word in the book blares positivity. It’s not everyday that you run into books with this focus on fun and knowledge.
Apoorva Dingar has illustrated Alook’s Dance in France. She’s done a great job, as every page just pops out at you. Your child will love just how colorful each and every illustration is on the page. Apoorva also has a way of creating animal characters that are downright cute and fun to look at. Alook always has a smile on his big beak, and his wings and tail are large and really add to the expressions in the illustrations. All in all, I think the illustrations take a lot of work in this book and it shows.
There are a few more things that sets Kimberley’s books apart from others. She truly brings together a package of products that are sold with the book and that you can use to enhance your experience with said book. As usual, the author has provided a read along video for the book:
Also provided with the book is the Koolamundo theme song, which is hosted on YouTube:
Kimberly also has a pretty substantial website with other songs, books, and a great deal more at Koolamundo.com.
For the next few days, Kimberley Kleczka’s latest book entitled Alook’s Dance in France is going to be free on Kindle! Here’s the link for that: Alook. If you happen to miss that promotion, it’s a pretty inexpensive book for all that you get (Kindle – $2.88 USD, Paperback – $9.48 USD).
Oh, and just in case you wanted to see one of the author’s other books, here’s Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!