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Summary: Virginia and Theodore love to dance. No matter that they are cats; they have purr-fected their footwork and all manner of dance routines. This is a picture book that describes various dances.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child thought the pictures were humorous and even recognized some of the dance moves (like the dip). She asked about Theodore and Virginia, but then would flip to something else while we were reading.
Adult Reader Reaction: The book is cute, but after reading it several times, we are still left wondering how this is a children's book. The illustrations, while cute, are truly 'still shots' of Theodore and Virginia.
Pros: The graphics are simple illustrations with cats in (what children would think) are humorous positions. They can learn a little bit about dance, too.
Cons: There is no real story, to speak of, just a sequence of dances.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, if you are a cat lover (or know one). This is a 'collector's book for someone who likes humorous books about cats.