Children’s Hour: The Animal Boogie

Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

The Animal Boogie has been our favourite book over the last two weeks. We already knew and sung a version of the song (yes this is a song book in the same vein as Walking Through the Jungle), and I’ve heard a couple of different versions too. This is probably actually my favourite. The one we sung before the book featured animals (and also the kids) doing the laundry! The version in the book actually shows the animals doing things that they might do, the elephant stomping, the monkey swinging, the snake slithering.

Down in the jungle where nobody sees,

What can you see swinging through the trees?

With a swingy swing here and a swingy swing there,

What’s that creature swinging through the trees?

The action comes before the children see the animal so they can guess what the animal could be first, however our kids pretty much know the song off by heart so they might not be working it out so much as remembering. Either way they love to shout out what animal it is.


He goes swing, swing, boogie woogie, oogie…

Each verse has only a slight variety so the kids can join in quite easily especially with the actions and with the boogie, woogie, oogie bits.

The pictures are bright and attractive and compliment the song perfectly. There’s also a different child on each page and it’s obvious the illustrator has tried to be very inclusive as there are lots of different races represented and a child in a wheelchair.

If you don’t know the tune then the book comes with an audio CD, although I think my collegue sings it better!

Buy The Animal Boogie:

Paperback (£6.29)

Hardback (£9.40)


Filed under Children's Hour, Fiction review, Picture books

3 responses to “Children’s Hour: The Animal Boogie

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