Book Review: Listen to the Dance Music, by Marion Billet

An interactive board book for 1-3 year olds, highlighting six dance styles with colourful interactions and short bursts of matching music that the child can play with the push of a button on each page.

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This very short, interactive board book is made of thick cardboard to slow down the wear and tear of young ones chomping into it.

While the book looks thick, the back half is merely the battery and sound encasement for the six pages of entertainment. Each page has no more than a handful of words, and an embedded button to play a short burst of music to match the dance style: waltz, tango, Charleston, salsa, rock n’ roll, and hip-hop. Each has a full sound and good volume.

The bright, colourful images of dancing animals will attract the intended young audience of 1-3 years old, as will the interactivity of playing the brief musical interludes. The music is too short to jiggle around and have fun with however – some only last a few seconds; the longest sound byte is for the waltz, lasting less than 30 seconds.

A power switch at the back will save battery life, but the most entertainment from this cute little number will be from Marion Billet’s marvellous illustrations.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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Rating out of 10:  6

Distributed by: Allen and Unwin
Released: October 2018
RRP: $18.99

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