How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Great read-aloud for energetic kids.

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Positive Messages

A celebration of both individuality and community, it shows everyone has his or her own style -- and what a joyful melody it is when those styles come together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kids enjoy each other’s moves and join together in a parade through the neighborhood.

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Parents need to know there is nothing of concern in this fun book.

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What's the story?

“Some days you wake up and you just gotta wokka,” this book begins as a boy bounds out of his house and dances onto the street. One by one, kids show off their dance moves and join him on a funky parade through the neighborhood.

Is it any good?

Scatting and hip-hop flavor this lively, irresistible read-aloud. Parents might want to rehearse it once or twice before story time. This demands an energetic, rhythmic reading, and occasional awkward lines can knock you out of your groove. That’s a shame, because there are some delightfully fun lines: “I wokka-wokka like a fish flop on a dock-a/flip-a-floppa off-the-docka put-me-back-in-wata-wata.” Stumbles aside, playful language and plenty of nonsense words will delight pre-readers.
It’s challenging enough to explain how to wokka-wokka, but even more challenging to draw it. S. Britt’s diverse cast of kids shimmies, shakes, slides, and hops through the streets.

It’s challenging enough to explain how to wokka-wokka, but even more challenging to draw it. S. Britt’s diverse cast of kids shimmies, shakes, slides, and hops through the streets.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different ways to dance. The obvious question, of course: How do you wokka-wokka? Take turns showing how you wokka-wokka. Try someone else's wokka-wokka and see how it feels.

  • There are a lot of made-up words in this book. Did they make sense to you? Try making up some silly words to go with your new wokka-wokka.

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For kids who love story time

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