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Shake a Leg

Shake a Leg

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise! All you fellas watching, come ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781741758900
Barcode 9781741758900
Published 1 October 2010 by Allen & Unwin
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Pryor, Boori Monty
By Ormerod, Jan
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ISBN-13 9781741758900
ISBN-10 1741758904
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publication Date 1 October 2010
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Pryor, Boori Monty
By Ormerod, Jan
Category General Picture Books
Australian
CBCA Book of the Year: Picture Books Notables
CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers Notables
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 243mm
Height: 280mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 430g
Interest Age 6-10 years
Reading Age 6-10 years
Library of Congress Food, Children's stories, Aboriginal Australians
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code a823.40;823.92
Catalogue Code 143301

Description of this Book

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they're in for a surprise! All you fellas watching, come up, join in, warrima. Clap your hands, little ones. Stamp your feet, nannas. Get down and dance, you smart young things, mummas and daddas. Let's get the whole town dancing! Boori Monty Pryor is a storyteller, dancer, writer and educator, and Jan Ormerod is an internationally acclaimed picture-book author and illustrator. This glorious book is the first one they have cooked up together.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 5 stars: The illustrations draw us in to the cultural heritage being narrated by Bertie. There's a lightness of touch in the writing and it keeps the reader absorbed throughout, right to the superb end pages where strength of cultural identity and close-knit family ties come through exuberantly. The boys eat their pizza, get painted up with flour, water and tomato sauce and learn to dance, to warrima, to shake a leg. A super title. Books for Keeps A triumph of a story, illustration and design, in which Omerod's evocation of the movement, ancient mystery and vitality of the dances is remarkable. Ibby Link This book is a quirky combination of Aboriginal folk tale, traditional dance and cookery class with a bit of language learning thrown in to help you pick up some Italian and Yarrabah. There is an original and quirky stance on presentation too, ringing the changes between pages in comic strip format, others with orthodox page setting, some with boxed captions, some with speech bubbles. School Librarian

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Author's Bio

Boori Monty Pryor was born in North Queensland. His father is from the Birrigubba of the Bowen region and his mother from Yarrabah (near Cairns), a descendant of the Kungganji. Boori is a multi-talented performer who has worked in film, television, modelling, sport, music and theatre. He is also an accomplished didgeridoo player who has performed with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and appeared in many schools. Boori has written several award-winning children's books with Meme McDonald including My Girragundji, The Binna Binna Man and Njunjul The Sun. His memoir Maybe Tomorrow was re-released in an anniversary edition in 2010 and its message for reconciliation is as relevant as ever. Shake a Leg evolved from pictures of his family dancing, which Boori showed Jan Ormerod, sparking a long and rewarding collaboration between him and Jan. Boori lives in Melbourne, but spends much of the year on the road. His stories are about finding strength within to deal with the challenges without, and his skill is to create positive visions of the future for both indigenous and white people. Boori Monty Pryor was Australia's Children's Laureate in 2012 and 2013. Jan Ormerod grew up in Western Australia, and as a child she was constantly drawing. After becoming a mother, Jan turned to children's book illustration. Her first book, Sunshine, won awards around the world. She has since had over 50 books published, including Moonlight, Lizzie Nonsense and Water Witcher.

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