DANCING by Denys Cazet


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Alex and his father, from Cazet's I'm Not Sleepy (1992), reappear in this bedtime-story song book. When the new baby keeps crying, Alex claps his hands over his ears and goes out on the front porch. His father puts on a record and comes out to talk, but Alex cannot hear the music until he takes his hands away from his ears. His father starts to sing the song, which begins, ""Maybe it's me, maybe it's you, but something is wrong. Is there somebody new?"" and ""Maybe the moon knows just how you feel, sharing the night with the stars . . ."" Alex's frustration softens; he and his father share a dance under the moon. Alex falls asleep and is carried inside. A musical score with the lyrics closes the book, which works both as a lesson about sibling rivalry and as a lullaby. The luminous watercolors depict a small boy, who is momentarily unhappy and insecure, being loved unconditionally by his strong, faithful father.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard