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AL Galope!

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,275 ratings  ·  199 reviews
¡Fantastico! What a treat: Gallop! in Spanish. For the millions of Hispanic children in the United States (Spanish is the primary language at home for 34 million Americans), and for the millions more children whose parents would like them to learn Spanish as a second language, comes the #1 New York Times bestseller, translated as ¡Al Galope!

With ¡Al Galope!, Gallop! joins
Board book, 12 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by Workman Publishing Company (first published November 22nd 2007)
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i dont care if we ever find an alternative source of fuel or cure epilepsy - as long as we use technology to make fun books like this. forever.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Sturdy Interactive Books for Toddlers
Move over pop-up and lift-the-flap books! A new game is in town! Rufus Butler Seder's charming little book about animals in motion - the first ever "Scanimation" picture book - will appeal to the same demographic as the above (that is to say, anyone who likes fun...and um, young children...), with its amazing moving pictures. Guaranteed to keep little tykes engrossed (hey - it worked for me and my co-workers), Gallop has the added benefit of being far less destructible than your average pop-up, ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much fun!!! "Moving" pictures in a book!!! This is a new generation of pop-up/lift-the-flap type books and I look forward to more. Throughout the pages, cats leap, eagles fly, horses gallop all accompanied by simple but fun lyrical text. It's also durable, a welcome change from most pop-up type books. ...more
Tattered Cover Book Store
I LOVE this book--I've been known to spend excessive amounts of time flipping through it over and over again! It was last year's holiday gift to all the tots in my life.


Liz says:

Everyone that sees this book is amazed. Everyone from 2 years to 80 will say, "WOW, how'd they do that"? Well...

What is Scanimation?
How it works (from

A special high-resolution (around 800 lines) monochrome camera films high-contrast artwork. The image is then displayed on a high-resolution screen. Un
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright I fell in love with this book due to the scanamation so I won't even pretend. It is new and weird enough to catch the eye of adult or child although my young niece finally got tired of it.

The writing is simple and geared towards the toddler. On the facing page it asks the reader if they move a particular way geared towards the animal and then on the opposite gives the moving picture along with some silly "descriptive words" if you can call it that.

If a child favors this book then it w
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristen by: Laurie
Shelves: baby
I used to love the "magic pictures" book I had when I was little. These Scanimation books are so neat, and O really likes it. The only drawback is that the book itself isn't very durable for the very young. ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We read the Portuguese version.

Mommy: 5 stars. Fun little book. Good for practicing Portuguese with the kids.

Leila: 5 stars. I wanna keep it in my bookshelf. There was a dog in there. (What was it doing?) running.
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who was ever a child
I gave this book to just about everyone this past Christmas. I found it impossible to stop playing with--it's so unique and clever! ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The text is kind of silly - a slender thread for stringing the pictures together - but the moving images are so riveting that the kids don't mind. ...more
Dalton Drexler
Awesome picture book. The images look like they are actually moving. A book that all of the kids will love.
Fran Hernandez
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Fantastic illustrations, love the concept to the whole book.
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenilia
Seder, Rufus Butler, Gallop!, Workman Publications, 2007, 12 pgs, scanimation board book.

Description: Using simple illustrations of animals overlaid with a sheet of striped acetate, Seder gives the animals an illusion of movement. Children are asked if they can move like the animals.

Review: Infants and toddlers (and even adults) will delight in the way that the animals seem to move across the page in this book. Additionally, Gallop! encourages children to move around and mimic the movements on
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-1-3
My 2-year-old really likes the moving pictures in this book. The text is nothing to write home about, but it's obviously not the point of the thing. We picked it up at a library book sale and it was a bit torn up: thankfully with a little care the pages can be repaired without destroying the movement of the images. I wouldn't pay full price for it, but then again I won't pay full price for practically anything. :) ...more
Chrissy Wassinger
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-l-307
Published: 2007
Very cool and exciting book! Very advanced visuals, really making the animals come to life with the book.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book, when you open the pages, there is a brief animation of an animal in movement. The image on the front cover is a horse and like all the other images of a chicken, dog, cat and eagle among other things, the movement is very realistic. The text is very simple, at a level that can be understood by a very young child. This book is truly a pack of fun for young children and I highly recommend it.
Candy | Evianrei
I really love the concept of this book, but I review children's books based on how my children view them, and this book falls short for my two year old son. He expected the pages to be textured, and they aren't. The motion caught his attention for a split second before he tossed the book down and moved on. I figured this might be a one time case, but he does this every Sunday (this is a church book for kids to look at during service), and every service he's uninterested in it. ...more
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, children
I think I like this book more than the baby, because it’s so unusual. To the baby everything is new and unusual. He does like it, the illusion of movement... but I love it! Makes me think about Harry Potter and the moving portraits. This is magic to me.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a scanimation book that is so fun and creative. As we move the page, it looks like the horse, cat, dog, bird, and other animals are moving. I think it’s super cool, but Elliot seems a bit young to understand the scanimation, so we will try again when he’s closer to 18-24mo
Amanda Geske
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: board-books
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Read this years ago, actually. I got it for my nephew. It's absolutely fascinating. ...more
Patricia Kaniasty
Amazing little book. My great nephew loves it and he is 2. Animation is wonderful.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s
Moving pictures in a book? Best. Book. Ever. That's all! 🐎 ...more
Megan Collins
I loved the part about climbing like a monkey! I would use this book to show animal movements and show children it is not all the same.
Cilla Savary
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction
This is the best of the Scanimation books by far. But all of them are outstanding. Fun. Surprising! A sure bet with most kids. This one is animals running. And it is excellently done.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My twins with ASD love this book. Bonus: I can sometimes sneak in a pee break by thrusting this at them.
Jena Gray
Being honest, I hate this and Waddle, but my two year old loves them.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby-books
Great word choice! Super cool moving pictures. Wonderful way to get kids to love around during a read aloud too. My son and I loved it!
This is the closest I'll get to screentime so I guess I'll take it! ...more
Kate Hendrick
The clear highlight of this book is the "s animation," but the rhymes are fun. Some of the animal sounds aren't standard so it's harder for little ones to read along, but overall, it's a fun book. ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
X-man is absolutely obsessed with any moving pictures - he'll stare at any TV that is around for as long as you will let him. He is well on his way to having the same obsession with this book - he just loves the moving pictures.

He's currently too young to work lift-the-flap books, but he can happily turn the page of a book to make the pictures move. He would currently destroy a pop-up book in seconds - but this is a much more robust design.

I agree with other reviewers - 5 stars for the scanimat
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