The Dancing Pancake
ALL YOU CAN EAT!!
COME TO OUR
NEW GRAND OPENING!
The grand opening of the Dancing Pancake isn't the only new thing in Bindi's life: new friends, a new apartment, maybe even a cute new crush? But there are other changes, like her dad's move to a new city, that have left Bindi confused and wondering: What will happen to my family? Will this new life ev...more
Written in Spinelli's trademark free verse, there are some great characters in The Dancing Pancake: Bindi's friend Albert who is obsessed with bugs, Grace...more
Lately I have really been enjoying novels in verse, but this one just didn't do it for me. Yes there were funny moments, touching and moving moments but what drove me crazy was the notion that kids are too young to understand grown up stuff.
Bindi's life is in an upheaval. Her Dad left and her and her Mom are moving into an apartment above the Dancing Pancake, the diner that her Aunt and Mom are opening. Bindi has to learn to deal with her parents separation and new surroundings. In this pro...more
Later Albert and I w...more
It's less verse more than it is broken down into short sections rather than chapters and they read well. Bindi is a believable girl. Her anger at her parents' separation, at the way her life is turned upside down by leaving her home to move into an apartment above her mother and aunt's new restaurant, her confusions over her feelings, are all very real. The minor characters are...more
I originally checked this book out from the library to see if it was a book I could read to my kids before rest time. I wouldn't read it to my 4 and 5 year olds, but it was a good book none the less. I really liked the style Mrs. Spinelli picked to write this book in, as if the book was made up of a ton of small poems. It...more
Besides the sweet message and tone of the book, the best thing about the book is that it is all written in verse and ha...more
Someone who didn't like novels in verse, I guess.
Still, I'm not one of those people. So I liked it--and what's not to like about just about anything the Spinellis do?
Bindi's best friend is named Albert. He knows bugs.
"'Okay,' he says, 'So, did you know
a cockroach can live for nine days
without its head?'
I'd like to live without my head
(30)(She's upset because her parents are going through a separation.)
She makes f...more
Bindi's life is in an upheaval right now. Her dad has moved out, and now she and her mom and moving from their home t...more
Short read, but I don't think kids will pick it up and just absolutely love it. For those kids going through things similar to Bindi (parents separating) this book deserves a massive gold star....more
Anywho, if you're looking for a book that--for once--has the kid learn something when they go to church, or the story of a girl who gets really angry but learns how to think of others, then this is for...more
The Dancing Pancake
This book wasn't my favorite. I guess its my fault that I didn't like it because when i checked it out of the library I didn't check to see what kind of writing it was. I was expecting it to be a novel, not little poems in the form of a story.
This story was very, very unrealistic. Name the number of stories you've read where the main character, usually a girl is sad about her parents getting divorced. Then, the couple gets back together? Usually b...more
I thought Bindi was a charming characte...more
While I enjoyed the free verse style of story telling, the plot seemed rather derivative. There seems to be a glut of stories about single parents (usually mothers) running catering companies (...more
What I thought: I loved it! The Dancing Pancake touched on some many pertinent issues for today's kids without being depressing or sad. This is the type of...more
Children don't have a say. Bindi knows this, but that doesn't stop her from being mad at her dad for leaving. It doesn't stop her from worrying about moving. And it certainly doesn't stop her from trying to help.
I love the character of Bindi and the rhythmic way Eileen Spinellli tells Bindi's story. Kid's will identify with Bindi's emotions, fears and even how she deals with her annoying little cousin, Jackson.
The Dancing Pancake is my new favorite place to hang out!
I love that she is a library helper and loves to r...more