Carla and Leo’s World of Dance: Book Review

untitledRecently I was invited to attend a book launch party for the book titled “Carla and Leo’s World of Dance” a children’s book, written by Agatha Relota, Illustrations by Thierry Perez, foreword by Jessica Alba, copyright 2011, and published by Thames and Hudson.

Agatha Relota’s motivation for the book was her love of dancing and the fact that she wanted to share the different cultures which inspired the diverse dance steps from throughout the world with children. The book is written from the point of view of two ten year old children who become intrigued about a dance school and go investigate. When they enter the school they find an elegant dance teacher named Miss Paulina. Carla and Leo observe students in the school dancing and it looks like they are having lots of fun. They decide to ask Miss Paulina to sign them up to learn all of the different dance steps. I have a six year old daughter who is interested in dance and gymnastics and she told me that this was her favorite part of the book. Carla and Leo look like they are about to embark in a lot of fun and excitement while learning all the dance steps.

The book on first glance looks like it is going to be a two night read with a child, however because of the creative design of the pages with large words, so that a child beginning to read (like mine) can join along, it turned out to be a one night read. The illustrations beautifully crafted by Thierry Perez make the pages exciting and we looked forward to turning to the next one to learn and see more about the fascinating, educational, diverse world of dance. The waltz, foxtrot, mambo, cha-cha, rumba, and samba are just a few of the dances that are skillfully presented in the book. If you and your child want to learn about the history of these dances and the quick beat of the steps this is the book for you. It would appeal not only to the little girls who want to take dance lessons but it also shows that it is cool for boys (because Leo always looks very cool and debonair in the illustrations) to learn about the history of dance and the steps. The next day my daughter and I had some of the beats to the steps in our heads like “quick, quick , slow.” It is a catchy memorable book that has led to fun conversations about dancing and the steps.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in order to do a review.

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