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Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter - Lisa Nicol

Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter

Hardcover Published: 2nd October 2017
ISBN: 9780143782599
Number Of Pages: 192

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Enchanting, timeless and surprising - this extraordinary novel will touch the hearts (and ears) of children and adults alike.

Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind . . . Music!

Blue was no ordinary girl. For starters, her name was Blue. But what was truly extraordinary about Blue was the fact that she hadn't laughed for 712 days. Not a hee hee, a ho ho or even a tiny tee hee.

According to Dr Boogaloo, music can cure anything. (Of course, you need the right dose of the right music. No point listening to a jive if you're in need of some boogie-woogie, and you can't just substitute a toot for a blow!) But no laughter was definitely a case for alarm.

Can Dr Boogaloo compose a cure before Blue loses her laughter forever?

About the Author

Lisa Nicol is a writer and documentary-maker. Working across film, television, radio and print, Lisa's work has been broadcast on ABC TV, pay TV networks and Radio National. She has been published by all the major broadsheets. Her documentary about Australian poet Benjamin Frater won a Silver medal at the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Her documentary Wide Open Sky about a children’s choir in outback NSW won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and gained a national cinema release.

Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter is Lisa’s second book for children.

Hilarious and Heartfelt


Blue has a unique condition, she can't laugh. Her absent father and self-absorbed mother can't figure out what to do with her. Her friends no longer want to play with her. And Blue herself is starting to believe she will never laugh again. Enter the charismatic Dr. Boogaloo and his music-loving, boho wife Bessie. Through the magic of music, Blue find her laughter and the family she's never had. Dr. Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter is at once a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade novel that entrances the reader. It's also an ode to music and an encyclopedia of musical instruments. With vibrant use of language and perfect pacing, Lisa Nicol brings young readers into the fantastical world of Dr. Boogaloo's School of Musical Cures -- think bikes that soar, cinemas with grass on the floor and whales that sing the blues. It's like nothing you've read before. I so enjoyed this book that I have since sent a copy to every young person I know. I read it to my six year old who still walks around the house shaking his 'mabungo'. It's simply an excellent story that will bring you to tears both from humor and from sadness. Written for middle graders, enjoyable by anyone.



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ISBN: 9780143782599
ISBN-10: 0143782592
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 2nd October 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36

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