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. Volume XVIII Number 5. . . .September 30, 2011
Spice Kapita was born to dance. As a baby, he boogied in his Jolly Jumper, and, as a child, he danced on school desks. Dreaming of fame, he longed to "bring the world/To his stage door." A magical dance step machine helps him achieve his goals. For the price of 2 cents, this game transports Spice around the world and allows him to explore different dance styles and cultures. In quick succession, he travels to Russia, Spain, Turkey, Tanzania, Argentina, Brazil, Hawaii, and Japan before heading back to Canada. Along the way, he is schooled in the art of nine dances, including the tango, hula and capoeira. When his dance step machine journey is over, he returns home "a man." He stops into a ballet school, and everyone is impressed with his knowledge of "the world dance score", and he soon becomes a ballet star.
Camozzi's pencil crayon and watercolour illustrations are bold and colourful. The style of art complements the style of dance described: the Japanese kabuki scene features delicate lines and cherry blossom trees; the flamenco scene has deep red tones and sultry shadows; the whirling dervish scene has lots of movement and a busy, geometrically designed background.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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