Leonard Doesn't Dance

by Frances Watts

Illustrated by Judy Watson

On Sale: 20/05/2019



About the Book

A toe-tapping story about finding your own rhythm from the award-winning creators of Goodnight, Mice!

All the birds are excited about the Big Beaky Bird Ball - except Leonard. His warble-warble waltz with the magpies is more wobble-wobble, and his caw-caw can-can with the crows is a can't-can't. The puffins are prancing, the rosellas are rocking and you should see the flamingo go-go-go! Everyone is jumping and jiving, but not Leonard.

Leonard doesn't dance.

Then an unexpected encounter changes everything ...

From the award-winning creators of Goodnight, Mice! comes a toe-tapping story about finding your own rhythm.


Winner - 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction

Notable Book - CBCA Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood


'utterly flawless use of rich and poetic language ... a bedtime story to read aloud with gusto, to delight in and to savour. Very highly recommended' - Sydney's Child

'a charming, funny and reassuring story for littlies ... Recommended' - Magpies

'a story which will be read again and again' - West Australian

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780733333040
  • ISBN 10: 0733333044
  • Imprint: ABC Books - AU
  • On Sale: 20/05/2019
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • Age: From 3 years
  • BISAC1: Children's, Teenage & educational / Picture books


Frances Watts was born in Switzerland and grew up in Australia. Her bestselling picture books include Goodnight, Mice! (illustrated by Judy Watson), the winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Award for Children's Fiction; 2006 Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge); and 2008 Children's Book Council of Australia award-winner Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books (illustrated by David Legge). Her young adult title The Peony Lantern, set in nineteenth-century Japan, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2016. For more, visit www.franceswatts.com

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Melbourne illustrator Judy Watson works from her home studio with views over bushland and the Sweetwater Creek. Her work is accompanied by the sounds of many wild birds, bees from the hive in her garden and the rambunctious wrestling of her two dogs. Occasionally one of her hens will crow. (Yes, they do.) She has illustrated over 20 children's books but read a lot more. Her first picture book, Goodnight, Mice!, won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction. She has teamed up again with Frances Watts to create Leonard Doesn't Dance. It is her most colourful book to date.  judywatson.net

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Searching for Cicadas

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Goodnight, Mice!

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