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Leaping Lola

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32 pages, Hardcover

Published May 28, 2019

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Tracey Hawkins

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July 30, 2019
Pure exuberant fun. Lola is a little brown Jersey calf (my absolute fave cow!) who, much to the consternation of her mother, Clarissa, wants to go to the cow ball. Her mother insists Jerseys are not designed to dance and most definitely should not attend the Black and White Ball on account that Lola is 100% non-black and white. Her hitherto carefree pirouette practising comes to a sad muddy halt as Lola relays her lamentable tale to Pearl the pig. Fortunately, Pearl is a pig of purposeful pleasures and immediately offers to 'dress' Lola for the occasion.

Lola, disguised as a black and white kind of Carmen Miranda, is arguably the belle of the ball, belting out rhythmic, graceful, groovy moves until things end in a slippery mess. Her identity and dignity are at steak (er stake), until an unlikely ally establishes Lola's right to dance as much as she wants.

Hawkin's debut picture book reverberates with emotive language and leg-slapping onomatopoeia. Written in verse, it is a delight to read aloud again and again and ripples with an underlying message that any of us, no matter our origins, colour or creed are entitled to explore whatever means of self-expression we wish. Themes of self-identity and esteem couple gently with ideas of equality and pursuing your heart-felt desires.

Tortop's illustrations are bold, bright, bubbly and barnyards of fun. Highly recommended.
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July 15, 2019
Poor Lola the Jersey cow is desperate to dance the night away but the party that night is a black and white ball for Friesian cows so she won't be welcome. Luckily her friend Pearl the pig helps her to disguise herself and she wins over the Friesians with help from their prize winning bull and teaches them all to dance. Very clever rhyming text - particularly loved 'whooping and boomping her beautiful hide'! -complemented by bright amusing illustrations. Great use of onomatopoeia would make this a fun book to read aloud, Lola is definitely a spirited cow who really knows how to moooove!
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