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The music is fantastic and my two year old enjoys this audiobook immensely.
His voice portrays a lot of swagger but it's entertaining to hear him do kid-friendly voices.
The storyline made me uncomfortable. We are very careful about the language we use around our children and my two year old immediately picked up on the line "Giraffes can't dance you silly FOOL" and its meant to be funny in the book, but the dialogue is mean-spirited and not the kind of thing I want my child picking up. I think the thing that bothers me the most is that the animals only like Gerald after he becomes a fabulous dancer. It may seem like i am over-analyzing this story but my child has listened to this story hundred times (it's one of his favorites) and each time I either turn down the volume or remind him those words are unkind. We own so many other books and this is the only one that has a real mean undertone. I think it was a missed opportunity to show kids a better way to deal with bullies.
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