Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theatre Stage – written by George Ancona

  Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theatre Stage – written by George Ancona, Candlewick Press, (9780763682026), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? What is it like to be chosen to sing and dance in a show? Find out by following four energetic boys (Raptor, Ely, Logan, and Ryan) who do just that as part of a program by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico. The boys are first seen running and jumping at the playground. Next, they are shown attending their lessons at Boys Ballet Boot Camp which appears to be just as rigorous as their fun on the playground. The boys attend a variety of lessons and rehearsals until the spectacular finale – a performance in the musical “Imagine the Possibilities” along with hundreds of other students from many schools. An abundance of photos by the author show the smiling boys at each stage leading up to the performance.  This could be a fun introduction to musicals for budding theatre rats.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to boys ages 6 to 10, especially those with an interest in theatre and dance.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries looking to expand their offerings on the topic of the performing arts.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 792 with books about dance.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  5/8/17

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