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Children’s Book: Footloose by Kenny Loggins

It’s no lie that reading is a huge thing in our house.  I’ve been reading since early primary school; I was always way ahead of my age so I ended up having to read newspapers for my reading homework. My mum and nan always encouraged me to read and shared their love of reading, so it’s only right that I’m gonna pass that on to my little one(s). Bear already has a 3 shelf bookcase absolutely full of books. Kid has more books than me & he’s not even 1 yet…what happened there?!

Moving on… For Christmas, I noticed this book in my local Tesco Extra store. Being a lover of the Footloose movie (and all other rat pack, 80’s teen themed movies, like who doesn’t love the Breakfast Club?!) I had to pick it up and inspect, and boy was I glad! It’s a hardback book and even includes a CD of the Footloose song (now, I genuinely thought it was the ACTUAL Footloose song…I’ll explain a little more on this later). It was the perfect gift! So, off I popped to wrap it up, ridiculously excited for him to open it on Christmas Day. Here is the book;

The book centers around a zoo that comes to life once the zookeeper closes. He checks his star map and sees that a full moon is coming! All of the animals; the monkeys, giraffes, elephants, wolves, llamas, kangaroos, tigers and any animal you would expect to be at a zoo, all come to life, dancing and jiving all night long. The words in the book are lyrics to one of the songs on the disc, they’re sung to the tune of footloose and honestly, it’s the funniest thing! 

As bear is only 11 months old, we don’t necessarily play the music to the book. We tend to sit and read as we usually would, however, I can’t help but sing it to him. He especially loves the page with Luke the cat on. Of course though, we play the music and dance around like crazy people to it. 

The CD has 2 tracks actually. The first, is obviously the Footloose song…well, the animals version. The second, is called Monkey Town Medley, which is another really upbeat, jazzy style song. Both are sung by Kenny Loggins too, who we all love for the original Footloose song, so you’ll be sure to be tapping your feet at least!

We really love the illustrations in the book too! They look professionally hand drawn (if that’s even a thing). The characters are really cute and their appearances really reflect their personalities (for example, with the phrase “rockin’ the chimpanzees”, the monkeys are all dressed in a very ‘alternative’ style if you like).

We actually really love this book, and there are so many ways we can enjoy it together, or I can just pop the CD in the player and I’ll find bear bopping to it or trying to sing along in the middle of playing and crawling to whatever he knows he shouldn’t be touching. And we all know, our lovely little children LOVE to have songs on repeat, especially in the car; but I wouldn’t mind having to drive with this on repeat at all.

We picked this book up from Tesco, however, you can also get it from Amazon

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18 Comments

  • Reply Deb Sharratt

    Love it. I think my boys would still love it now too.

    February 10, 2017 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Emma

    This looks like a really fun book to have for the kids – will have to take a look! Love that the book can be sung to footloose tune! x

    February 10, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    Oh I love Footloose the film so I think I would really like this for Erin.

    February 10, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Amy @ The Smallest Of Things

    What an awesome book! I’m definitely going to check it out ox

    February 10, 2017 at 11:57 am
  • Reply Mrs Mummy Harris

    I saw the book and was like “im sure thats who sung the song” hahah how unique is this book?
    Love it! might pick one up for Ben as he loves an excuse to boogie

    February 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Devon Mama

    This looks so good, I love a good read and this song is already stuck in my head now. Might as well learn the book lyrics too!

    February 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    This looks like a great read and dance along too. We recently went to the zoo and my little one loves animals so this would be perfect for her.

    February 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply Claire

      It’s so so good honestly! I think it’s in all tesco stores now too only £4 🙂 xx

      February 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply clairejustine

    Aww what a lovely sounding book. Great pictures too 🙂

    February 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Lilinha

    What a lovely book, I am sure little man would enjoy it! 🙂

    February 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Deborah Nicholas

    oh this looks adorable and of course i would have to read/sing it as i go! lol

    February 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply The Amphletts

    Little N would love this! Books are a big part of our everyday here too – I don’t think anyone can have too many books, even a three shelf bookcase full!

    February 23, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Beth

    Love it! I now have the footloose song in my head which I’m sure I’ll be humming all evening! Lily loves singing and dancing so I’m sure she would love this!

    February 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Jaymee Heaton

    I. Love. This!!!! This is going to definitely be on my list to buy!

    February 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Sophie Durrans

    I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all night now!

    February 23, 2017 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Babies and Beauty

    Oh my goodness this is amazing!!! We’re huge book readers over here and Noah wont go to bed without hearing at least two or three haha.

    February 26, 2017 at 12:17 am
  • Reply Stacey Spruels

    This book looks fantastic! Will
    Keep an eye out! Rowan loves reading and managed to get him loads with World Book Day sales for his bday October. But may give him some now and then. Josie loves readimg to him too which is lovely

    Stacey | unicornfairy.net

    March 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply Claire

      Oh it honestly is brilliant haha! I got it from tesco and I’ve still seen them in 🙂 Definitely a good buy haha! They will definitely enjoy it together xx

      March 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm

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