Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Book Review

| December 26, 2017 | 18 Comments

Groovy Joe is back! I just got my copy of the latest installment from #1 best-selling author Eric Litwin, of the early Pete the Cat and the Nut Family fame. This one is called Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown.

I get to review Litwin’s books as one of his Groovy Bloggers. This is the second Groovy Joe book, following Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs.

(That’s a lot of Groovy)

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Book Cover

I didn’t draw this one. This is by Tom Lichtenheld


The new book follows the familiar format of the previous Litwin books: the character is enjoying life through song, then encounters some sort of adversity (in this case, new dogs keep showing up at the door to party when he doesn’t have much room left–oh, no!). There’s a moment where we wonder if this adversity will ruin the day… but, Goodness no! The character shows a positive/generous outlook and keeps on walking along/singing/dancing. The predictable style makes it easy for kids to get into right away, and easy for them to pick up later and read out loud to themselves (even if they’re not quite reading yet).

As always, the new story includes the elements that draw kids in; music, rhyme, repetition, call-and-response and even a bit of math reminiscent of Pete the Cat’s Groovy Buttons book. How many dogs are there now, we’re asked? And, of course, Groovy Joe is a kind fella who welcomes anyone who wants to join the party, which is a positive message for kids, too.

This time, the book includes the format of knock-knock jokes, which is right up a kid’s alley.

Knock Knock.

Who’s there?
One who?
One more dog is going to disco with you.

DISCO PARTY! BOW WOW! (Come on, you’re not too dignified to belt it out)

As always, one of the first things I do (and recommend) is look up the story online so we can hear the accompanying performance and get the full experience. There are also live retellings on YouTube. Litwin’s books are essentially live performances in book form (and he does give a fun live performance. Come back to Canada, Mr. Eric!).

Not necessarily recommended as a bedtime book, for obvious reasons. But if I were still teaching Kindergarten, no doubt it would be in my collection. 


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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. AD says:

    This sounds like a great book! I like the interaction… I will have to look it up online.

  2. sarah says:

    I can see my daughter enjoying this a lot! Groovy Joe sounds like a fun read. Thanks

  3. Tiff Cho says:

    thxx for the great review!

  4. Jonnie says:

    This sounds like a fun book that is sure to be a fast favorite with the little ones.

  5. Calvin says:

    Fun imaginative musical book makes a nice new yr gift.

  6. Lynda Cook says:

    This sounds like so much fun and a book my grandchildren would love!!

  7. Erin N says:

    This sounds like a great book for kids. I like the music and interaction.. Groovy Joe sounds fun! Thank you for the review.

  8. Donna Holder says:

    The kids will love this.

  9. Kristi says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I’d love to give this as a gift.

  10. LisaM says:

    Ha! That would be a wonderful gift 🙂

  11. HEIDI C. says:

    My kids love knock knock jokes! This looks a fun book that our whole family would enjoy together.

  12. lori galbraith says:

    What a fun book that I have not heard of before. I love the interaction it has.

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Groovy Joe sounds like something my grandchildren would enjoy, especially my grandson.

  14. KD says:

    I haven’t read this one yet! My daughter loves Groovy Joe and the Dinosaur Ice Cream!

  15. Linda H says:

    My grandson would love this and I’ll look for it next time I am out shopping for his birthday.

  16. Sarah alexis says:

    This looks like a cute book, I think my son would like it!

  17. Laurence Price says:

    This looks like an interesting book for kids

  18. Debbie P says:

    My son and my nieces would love is book. Thanks for the article.

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