Sam Francisco, King of the Disco—A Picture Book About Dancing Cats
by Sarah Tagholm
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 19 Sep 2023
Annick Press Ltd., Annick Press
A toe-tapping adventure celebrating optimism in the face of adversity about a community of cool cats who just want to have fun.
Superstar DJ Sam Francisco’s party is keeping his neighbor Buzzkill Bill awake. Bill tries everything to shut it down—he sends his dogs, then pest control, the fire department, and the police! When Bill finally succeeds in pulling the plug, things look bleak, but luckily it’s the people (and the cats) who make a party, not the fancy equipment.
Written in verse, this exuberant celebration of dance, music, and self-expression begs to be read aloud over and over. Young readers and adults alike will delight in the humor, charm, and energy of Sarah Tagholm and Binny Talib’s fantastic felines led by Sam, the David Bowie of cats. Featuring a silver-foiled cover for full disco effect, readers are introduced to many musical genres, as each of Sam Francisco’s adversaries are gradually won over by the beat.
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Average rating from 32 members
One of my favorite things to do is read to my kiddos when we are stuck somewhere like a doctors waiting room. My kids enjoyed this one! The rhyming is fantastic and we love all the music. The pictures are amazing- absolutely incredible illustrations, the costumes festive, and cats… we love cats!
I was a little taken aback when my 5 year old asked about why the cat was sneaking out the window and if people do that? And then was a little concerned at the messaging that when you are disturbing the neighborhood in the middle of the night, you just make it louder because it’s just the cranky man’s problem… the messaging there seemed off.
Thank you to Annick Press and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!