'We Got the Beat'
By: Charlote Caffey - Lyric Pop/Akashic Books, $16.95
Description: An exuberant celebration of dance and play in picture book form, based on Charlotte Caffey’s joyful classic made famous by the Go-Go’s.
Verdict: Targeted at an age range of 5-7 year-old's and running at a lush 24 pages, this magnificent, colorful, vibrantly illustrated and harmoniously told (through Charlotte Caffey's classic) story is presented in 8.5"x8.5" glossy hardback book.
Featuring lyrics from songs that you would normally only ever hear on the radio, or coming out of the speakers of a record player (or, these days, computer, iPhone, etc.), each song (within the series) is a pocket of storytelling that spring forth to enlighten the mind or embrace the heart.
'We Got the Beat' is a children’s picture book based on the hit song by the 1980s new wave group the Go-Go’s. Their hit song of the same name spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard 100 and became their signature song.
Says the New York Times: the Go-Go’s “... taught a new generation the power of the girl gang,” and here in this colorful, buoyant and super cute new book, all that high spiritedness and adventurous desires to seek out the beats of music that the band had, free flow here beautifully.
With lyrics by Go-Go’s member Charlotte Caffey and illustrations by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor, this picture book tells the story of what it is like to live life dancing to the beat, while enjoying friends, nature, and the fun that surrounds you.
Furthermore, 'We Got the Beat' will make both parents and children get their groove on and show off their best dance moves!
A totally fun, vibrantly illustrated book to share with kids, just watch as they take leave of their everyday, lockdown doldrums and start bopping and singing along to the song!
Trust me, the kids who read this are going to bring you so much enjoyment in watching them have those moments of fun, whilst you go back the next day and read it to them all over again!
About the Authors - Charlotte Caffey CAFFEY is a singer-songwriter best known for being a member of the all-female new wave group the Go-Go’s.
Caffey wrote the hit single 'We Got the Beat' and has co-written songs for other artists such as Keith Urban and the theme song for the television series Clueless.
The Go-Go’s became one of the foundational bands of the 1980s, with their 1982 debut album Beauty and the Beat going double platinum and topping US Billboard charts for six weeks.
The band has sold more than seven million records across the world. Caffey continues to write and perform.
Kaitlyn Shea O'Connor is an illustrator and designer hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. She combines traditional skills with digital media to create vibrant, whimsical worlds.
She’s a rare hybrid of dog and cat lover, an avid whistler, and she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, trying new cheeses, and cozying up in a nook with a book.
O’Connor illustrated the children’s picture book, '(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,' with song lyrics by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper.
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