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Penguin Cha-Cha

line Penguin Cha-Cha
by Kristi Valiant (Author, Illustrator)

Tap-tap Cha-Cha-Cha!

At the Romping Chomping Park and Zoo, there is much to see. Julia loves to visit as often as she could. Most of all she loved to visit the Zoo on the weekends. That’s when she would get to watch all the performances.

One Saturday, Julia watched the dancers move and groove. She watched them whirl and twirl. She watched them hip-hop and boogie-bop! But wait! Julia’s eyes catch a little flipper swiping away a feather costume backstage!

“Just what are those fishy penguins up to?” Julia thinks to herself as she decides to follow them to the Penguin Cove.

Penguin Cha Cha Following

At first Julia sees nothing. No clothes. No scarves. No costumes! So she spies on them from high up. And what does she see?

Penguin Cha Cha twirling

The penguins! They are whirling and twirling, moving and swinging! They are dancing! So Julia grabs a dance hat and runs to the Penguin Cove. “Lets dance!” she shouts.

But these naughty creatures don’t lift a flipper. They just stare at her! But when no one was around, they danced and swirled!

Julia decided that maybe they are shy. So she dresses up as a penguin to try and make her way as a penguin in the Penguin Cove. Still, the penguins don’t dance.

So penguin decides to get a dance partner. Still no luck!

Penguin Cha Cha Not Listening

Julia is disappointed. She is about to give up. But the next day, she comes up with another idea. This time she knows that the penguin won’t be able to resist!

This is a lovely picture book, colorfully illustrated, well narrated and most of all a great read-aloud. Kids and adults will love the swinging, dancing, feet tapping rhythm of the Penguin Cha Cha.

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


  1. This book is so cute! I love Kristi Valiant’s style. And that map of the zoo while she is following the penguins is my absolute favorite. Thanks for sharing!

    • reshamad

      Absolutely! I am sure you will enjoy the story as well. it reads very well with younger and older kids both!

  2. Fun story, Reshama…and lovely review with all of those illustrations! Thanks for sharing it on Booknificent Thursdays.:)

    • reshamad

      Thanks for the note Vivian. We really enjoyed the story!

  3. Delightful story and illustrations you’ve shared. Kudos! Perfect as a read aloud.



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