Giraffes can’t dance…can they?!

I had the huge pleasure of attending a session by Guy Parker-Rees at the uFlourish Sussex Pregnancy and Family Fair.

I’m not sure if I’m admitting something pretty blasphemas but saying that I hadn’t heard of Giraffes can’t dance before the fair! But there it is, it’s out there… I didn’t.

Safe to say I’m fully aware and I think Sprog is going to be hooked in too!

Guy led a session with some of the kids who attended where they got to learn how to draw animals for picture books.  Even I picked up some good tips!

He talked through how he designs his characters and gave us some sneaky glimpses of yet to be published characters!

So then the kids settled down to help Guy design a new character. After much deliberation (you can only imagine) they settled on a tiger, who was angry. It took a little longer to decide why he was angry…. Turns out someone ran away with his food!

giraffe1   giraffe3

Guy was getting then to build a whole story around their character and letting their imaginations run wild which was so lovely to watch. They all then drew their own characters and formed stories around them. Guy has tweeted a few of them over on his account.


My fav bit of the session was the reading of Giraffes can’t dance, which included jungle dancing from all of the characters.

It was AMAZING! Kids, Guy and a few of the parents snapping, tangoing and twirling their feet. I won’t mention another blogger who nearly fell other whilst dancing like a giraffe (cough, cough, Claire from Brighton Mum’s).


I must say that I then treated Sprog to his own copy! We shall be jungle dancing our way through the summer months with this awesome book!

Summer Days


10 thoughts on “Giraffes can’t dance…can they?!

  1. Pingback: Fav’s from the Brighton Family Fair! | mamavsteacher

  2. Looks fab! I have to admit that I haven’t heard of this either but definitely going to try and get a copy of the book for my two. Thanks for sharing this on #SummerDays this week. Really hope we see you again next week!

  3. We love ‘Giraffe’s can’t dance’ it was one of the first books I bought for Oliver, the message behind it is fab.
    This looks like such a fun event.

  4. Sounds amazing – wish we had come down but we had a birthday party that day. Love the story friends brought it for Monkey for Christmas, previous to that I hadn’t heard of it either! #TwinklyTuesdays

  5. I have definitely heard of this book but we don’t have it. What a fantastic session to have been at though and how wonderful that there was such involvement of the children. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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