DANCING LARRY by Daniel Pinkwater

DANCING LARRY

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Pinkwaters’ Larry is a polar bear of many parts. He plays the bongos, eats blueberry muffins, serves as a hotel swimming pool lifeguard (in Bayonne, N.J.)—and he can cut a step or two. All polar bears can dance, Larry informs his readers, but Madame Swoboda, who teaches a ballet class where Larry has taken the hotel owner’s daughter, tells Larry that polar bears have no place in ballet. Larry proves her wrong. Daniel Pinkwater’s language is a thing of beauty; Larry’s elocution can unfurl like a banner in the breeze (“I have a great desire to tell a story and express feelings through movement”). But it is the deadpan quality of the text that serves as tinder igniting the drollery. The ridiculousness is broadened by Jill Pinkwater’s pen-and-ink artwork: Larry was clearly born to legwarmers, and Madame Swoboda is a smoky vision straight from Central Europe. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7614-5220-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2006




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