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

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?


The charm of this unusual, satisfying, quirky tale lies in its refreshing sense of whimsy and general nonsense that runs parallel to Blue's desperate quest to regain her laughter. It is an enchanting tale, full of gentle humour and positivity, which encourages us all to push on through our challenges however hopeless they may seem.

Russ Merrin, Magpies

This soon to be published book is a terrific choice for middle-grade readers. It’s rare to find a book that invites you to think of music as you read it. I felt my auditory sense had been switched on as I turned the pages of Dr Boogaloo and The Girl who Lost Her Laughter.

Sydney Writers' Festival

Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost Her Laughter is heartwarming and beautifully written. This is an engaging and unique chapter grade book, that is sure to make you laugh and possibly cry.

The Sun Bookshop

Lisa Nicol has created a world full of heartfelt, funny and thoughtful characters. Blue’s desire for connection and friendship is, at times, heart-wrenching, but this is balanced by the wacky cast of musicians and experiences the clinic exposes her to. Nicol handles this balance deftly, allowing the reader to both marvel at the absurdities and want to hug Blue tightly when she’s alone and scared.

Madeleine Crofts, CBCA Reading Time

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 2, 2017

    Random House Australia Children's

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

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  • EBook


    October 2, 2017

    Random House Australia

    192 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Awards and Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Younger Readers