Luna Loves Dance by Joseph Coelho – Book Review

Luna Loves Dance by Joseph Coelho – Book Review

Luna Loves Dance by Joseph Coelho

Luna Loves Dance

Author – Joseph Coelho
Illustrator – Fiona Lumbers
Publisher – Andersen Press
Pages – 30
Released – 2nd September 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1839130564
Format – paperback, hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Discover the joy of dancing and the importance of family, whatever your culture, ability or style with Luna!

When Luna dances, she feels like the world’s volume turns up, like all colours brighten, like sunlight sparkles behind every cloud. But when she takes her dance exam she ducks, dives, spins and… falls. Luna thinks she can’t be a real dancer now. Can Luna’s family convince her otherwise?

From the team that brought us Luna Loves Library Day, Luna Loves Art, and Luna Loves World Book Day, celebrate every culture and every style of dance with Luna, featuring a glorious fold out carnival page.

Review by Stacey

Luna Loves Dance is the third book in the Luna series and the second that I have reviewed after Luna Loves Art back in May.

Luna is a very sweet little girl who is normally jolly and happy. Today is the day of her dance exam and she is excited and nervous. Unfortunately, when she tries to do the moves she keeps on falling over and has to watch as all the other students get their certificates.

She thinks she will never be a real dancer, so her parents show her lots of other people who dance but don’t have certificates.

Luna Loves Dance is a beautiful young children’s picture book that is adorned with some very colourful and bright illustrations. The plot of a little girl failing her exam and needing some encouragement from her parents is rather lovely and it was wonderful to see so many people of all ages and abilities dancing.

The message about not giving up on your dreams and not letting one moment in your life stop you from doing what you love came across strongly. I am sure little children will love this book and quite possibly will be showing off their own dance moves too.

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Joseph Coelho Luna Loves Dance

Joseph Coelho is an award-winning children’s author, performance poet and playwright based in London. His debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, was the 2015 winner of the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award. His second book, Overheard in a Tower Block, was shortlisted for the 2018 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award and is longlisted for the 2019 UKLA Book Awards. Joseph features in the BBC Teach ‘Understanding Poetry’ online series.

His work has poetry and performance at its heart, drawing on over 16 years’ experience running dynamic creative literacy sessions in schools. He aims to inspire young people through stories and characters they can recognise

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