Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest

Children - Animals
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/18/2020
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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite

Joan Sloane’s Wiggle your Hips Wildebeest is a short story about two wildebeests named Waldo and Wilma. It is finally the end of the dry season. Waldo and Wilma thought it would be the perfect time to throw a party and celebrate it with their friends. However, during their celebration, a food fight suddenly breaks out after a guest flicks a small crumb of food at another guest. They find themselves in a messy situation with food scattered everywhere. Will Waldo and Wilma find a way to fix the party before the night ends? Come and join Waldo and Wilma as they try to make their party fun for everyone!

Wiggle your Hips Wildebeest by Joan Sloane is an amusing and delightful story, a perfect tale for parents to read to their children. The story is told in rhyme and is paired with colorful illustrations by Mary Beth Benton. The vivid pictures are definitely praiseworthy, bringing life to the characters and making the wonderfully written story visual. I couldn’t help but admire the art because it went so well with the words. The lively art and the witty rhymes were so good that I just had to read the entire thing again and again!

The simplicity of the story and the animal characters will surely be appealing to children and it will help stimulate and develop their imaginations. The story also effectively taught me a good lesson: despite finding yourself in a chaotic or messy situation, you can still turn things around as long as you remain positive. Whether it is something you choose to read for fun or for the sake of learning, Wiggle your Hips Wildebeest will definitely not disappoint. Overall, an outstanding short story. Great work!

Jack Magnus

Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest is an animal picture book for children written by Joan Sloane and illustrated by Mary Beth Benton. What better way to celebrate the end of the dry season on the African grasslands than to have a feast and invite all your friends and neighbors? That’s exactly what Waldo and Wilma Wildebeest decided to do. They scrubbed and polished their home, and Waldo, a chef, got to work in the kitchen creating root sushi. Wilma, a dancer, spent some time combing out her mane and tail to get ready for their guests. Soon, their friends appeared at their door, each bearing a special dish to help make the occasion especially festive. As they sat around the table, they appreciated all the different dishes and foods arrayed before them, but then something untoward happened and suddenly there was a food fight in earnest. At first, it was fun for everyone, but all too soon the novelty wore off, and the atmosphere was glum as guests and hosts surveyed the ruin of what had been a really extraordinary feast. What was to be done? How could Waldo and Wilma put smiles back on their guests’ faces? They had the perfect solution.

Reading Joan Sloane’s Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest is a marvelous way to expose young readers to other cultures and animals from other lands. As well as the titular wildebeests, there are aardvarks, kudus, hippos, and warthogs at the party, and their signature dishes feature foods those animals actually eat. Mary Beth Benton’s illustrations work perfectly with the script. Each panel is a joy to linger over and explore. I especially loved the opening pages showing the African grasslands with straw huts in the background and rain clouds overhead. Look closely, and you see flowers, a striped caterpillar, and an elephant shyly peeking from behind an acacia tree in the distance. The traditional clothing worn by the wildebeests and their guests is depicted beautifully as well. Best of all, who would imagine that a gathering of beasts could learn to line dance? And they do in this book and quite well. Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest is most highly recommended.

Amy Raines

Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest is written by Joan Sloane and illustrated by Mary Beth Benton. The dry season has finally come to an end, prompting the wild animals to join together for a feast. With the celebration about to start, each of the animals gathers their best dishes to take along with them. There was root sushi, tostadas, chili, greens, and several kinds of fruit. Enough food was brought to cover the table from end to end. The feasting began but then came to a stop when a tiny bit of food was flipped and hit Henry the Hippo’s nose. The food fight that ensued caused a terrible mess and left the table all but bare. With the animals upset and feeling awkward, how will the fun continue? Is there a way to resolve their minor issue that will make everyone calm and happy again? Is the party over or has it just begun?

I absolutely adored Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest by Joan Sloane. The excitement of the characters as they prepared their favorite dishes and dressed in their best was full of silly and slimy fun. The way the story went from utter happiness during a celebration to chaos over a minor mishap was very relatable to what happens at large gatherings in society. I love how Sloane exercised quiet and calm problem-solving skills in her story so that readers could see that not everything requires an outburst. The illustrations by Mary Beth Benton are beautiful, bright, and colorful as they add a splash of visual fun to the story. I highly recommend Wiggle Your Hips Wildebeest to anyone with children.