We loved taking part in Oti Mabuse’s free online dance classes during lockdown and have enjoyed watching her dancing over the years in Stricly Come Dancing. So when Walker Books offered us the chance to review Oti’s debut children’s book, we jumped at the chance! Written by Oti and illustrated by Samara Hardy, the book follows a group of children attending Oti’s dance studio to learn The Bird Jive, and the reader can also follow along and learn the moves too! We found it absolutely hilarious trying to replicate the dance moves (some of us struggled more than others – ahem, me) and found it helpful to watch and listen to “The Bird Jive” by scanning the QR code included in the book.


It’s time for Oti’s dance class! Join Oti in her dance studio and learn “The Bird Jive” in ten easy steps. There are lots of children in Oti’s dance class – and lots of feelings, too. Meet Fikile in her sparkly new shoes and Naira who is SUPER excited to get started! Gan is feeling a little worried about joining in whilst Martin can’t wait to show his parents what he can do! But in the middle of their dance routine, an unexpected visitor disrupts the class. Not to fear, Oti is here! Soon they are back on track, getting ready for the performance of their lives.


Dance With Oti was a fun book to read and dance along too, perfect for younger kids and parents who want to have a laugh and a fun experience with their kids. Me and my Mum were struggling to follow the dance but we had an incredibly enjoyable time. The illustrations by Samara Hardy were adorable and cute and they really added to the story!

By Lily, age 10

Dance with Oti is out now!