Jun 29

Review: Gina the Dancing Queen by Marisa Alo

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Gina the Dancing Queen by Marisa AloGina the Dancing Queen by Marisa Alo
Published by Windy Hollow Books on 2009
Genres: fiction, picture book
Pages: 32
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Gina desperately wants to dance but she always seems to get tangled up when she tries. With plenty of determination and practice and the Rhythms Dance School three golden rules of dance, Gina realises her dream to become a dancing queen. This heart-warming story about believing in oneself and following a dream also functions as a great introduction to the different styles of dance.

Gina the giraffe loves music and dancing, but she remains a wallflower at the local dance because everyone knows she is too uncoordinated to dance well.


Gina decides to follow her dream despite the lack of support from others and enrols at a local dancing school. As she tries different dancing styles, Gina is awkward at first but gradually finds that she can dance well when she relaxes and listens to the music.

When the time for the New Years dance arrives, Gina has conquered both her fear and her lack of coordination. She has finally become the dancing queen she always dreamed she could be.


Written and illustrated by Marisa Alo, a freelance illustrator and passionate dancer, Gina the Dancing Queen is an encouraging story about having the determination to work hard and follow your dreams.


The text is reasonably simple with repetition of certain phrases to assist younger readers. The illustrations are bright and appealing and the story is an encouraging one that is most likely to appeal to young girls. A variety of animals fill the pages as the dance instructors and other dancers. My favourite is the hippo teaching belly dancing.

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