Kid’s Book Review: Dance with Oti

Kid’s Book Review: Dance with Oti

About the Book and Author

It’s time to join Oti’s second dance class! This time the children are rehearsing for their first dance show, and learning “The Lion Samba” in ten easy steps.

Mrs Oti teaches them all about animal movements and how they can be used in their dance. From stomping like an elephant, stretching up high like a giraffe or even shaking your mane like a lion, there’s so much fun to be had.

Readers can enjoy practicing the moves via a link to the QR code in the book. Thanks to Walker Books for sending us a copy for Emaan to enjoy reading and joining in the Lion Samba at home.

Oti Mabuse is a South African professional Latin American and Ballroom dancer, best known as a professional dancer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Samara Hardy is an experienced freelance illustrator and designer who creates artwork for greetings cards, stationery, homewares, children’s books, and much more.


Book Review

I liked seeing children with different skin tones and people wearing different clothes and listening to the childrens’ different names

I like the size of this book, it is nice and big. I was very impressed with the illustrations, they are beautiful and colourful. I love the silver sparkly letters in the title. I have seen Oti on Newsround so I was excited to read this book.

In the story my favourite part is when Mrs Oti picked Umaira to be the lion because she wasn’t shouting ‘pick me, pick me’ like all the other children. The costumes that the children make are really lovely; the monkey one is my favourite. I liked seeing children with different skin tones and people wearing different clothes and listening to the childrens’ different names.

When I saw all the children on stage performing, it reminded me of the times when I have done shows in ballet and at school. I thought the story was a really fun one.

The QR code is a good idea, my mummy scanned this on her phone and I copied Oti doing the lion samba which was lots of fun!

It was nice to find out some more information about Oti and I would definitely like to read some more books by her.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Emaan
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: swimming, crafts, and fun fairs
  • Dislikes: bananas and spiders
  • Favourite Book: The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Film: The Bad Guys
  • Favourite Song: We Don't Talk About Bruno (from Encanto)