Reviews for Wiggle


Booklist Reviews 2005 May #1
/*Starred Review*/ Pres-K. It will be hard to stop a group of little ones or even a lone child from wiggling through this one; the text is that infectious. A spotted dog on the cover, vigorously working a hula hoop, leads children through a wiggling world: "Do you wake up with a wiggle? / Do you wiggle out of bed? / If you wiggle with your breakfast, / it may wind up on your head." The delightful cartoon-style, ink-and-watercolor artwork is highlighted by tidbits of collage. In the case of the above quote, the picture shows the droopy canine with a photograph of a pancake planted squarely on its head. Every candy-colored page features the funny, frenetic dog involved in some furious activity, and the sense of motion and movement is palpable each time. The text is occasionally labored: "Wiggle slowly when with polar bears. They're very wiggle shy." But the artwork picks up the slack so well that kids won't know what to do first: wiggle or giggle. ((Reviewed May 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
A floppy-eared dog begins his day with a wiggle ("Do you wake up with a wiggle?") and, like many toddlers, wiggles all the way till bedtime. Children listening to Cronin's ebullient questions will find wiggling along irresistible. Black outlined objects stand out against the clean backgrounds; the digitally rendered illustrations often incorporate a photographed element along with the amusing cartoon dog. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #5
The floppy-eared dog in this book begins his day with a wiggle ("Do you wake up with a wiggle?") and, like many a toddler, wiggles all the way till bedtime. The doggy wiggles underwater with some startled-looking fish, wiggles with some bees (his ears and legs flapping), and even plays the accordion wearing a top hat and holding a pink flower between his teeth. Children listening to Cronin's ebullient questions ("Can you wiggle with your shadow?") will find wiggling along irresistible; the infectious humor will make them laugh and encourage them to pay attention to the comic pictures. With objects outlined in black to stand out against the simple, clean backgrounds, Menchin's digitally rendered illustrations often incorporate a photographed element (such as a pancake) with the always amusing cartoon dog (after too much wiggling, the pancake lands on the dog's head). This high-energy book will work well with young groups all the way to the end: "I think we're out of wiggles now. See you wiggle soon!" Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 June #1
This alternative to "Shake My Sillies Out" offers wiggles galore, but is sometimes vague about the suggested movement. In spontaneous-sounding verse, Cronin directs her audience to "first wiggle where your tail would be. Then wiggle all your hair. Feeling extra silly? Wiggle in your underwear!" And so on-but some adult direction will be required for the gorilla wiggle ("Do they make a wiggle noise?"), and though Menchin features a clearly drawn dog acting out most of the wiggles in his digitally drawn cartoons, a crocodile and a newly hatched bird are not posed in ways that provide visual cues. Still, not too bad a choice for preschoolers in need of a wiggle break. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 May #4
Youngsters can't be expected to sit still while listening to this energetic read-aloud featuring an animated doggie who wiggles in a variety of situations-some comically outlandish. At times zigzagging across the pages, Cronin's (Click, Clack, Moo) bouncy, rhymed text repeats the title word frequently-and with gusto-from the opening spread, which asks, "Do you wake up with a wiggle? Do you wiggle out of bed?" as the contented canine gives his tail a vociferous wag. A flip of the page reveals the pooch in a chef's hat flipping a pancake ("If you wiggle with your breakfast, it might wind up on your head"), and the pancake, in kid-pleasing fashion, does just that. Subsequent silly scenarios show the amiable pup wiggling with his shadow and underwater, where he cavorts with fish. Menchin (The Day the Whale Came) amusingly depicts the hound hero's shenanigans in vividly hued digitally rendered cartoon art. At times the solid colors leak outside his bold black lines, creating a wiggly effect. And the compositions incorporate some fun photographic images: a rubber ducky, and a knitted hat and body suit, which the pooch wears while wiggling with polar bears. The tale's tail end announces "I think we're out of wiggles now. See you wiggle soon!" Enthusiastic youngsters may take that as an enticing invitation to start the book all over again. Ages 1-4. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 June
PreS-There's not a lot of story here, but there is plenty of fun as a playful, rump-shaking pup leads toddlers through some of the many ways to move around: "Do you wake up with a wiggle?/Do you wiggle out of bed?/If you wiggle with your breakfast,/it might wind up on your head." The dog goes on to jiggle and dance with various objects and creatures before falling asleep beneath the moon. Menchin's lively, digitally rendered art incorporates elements of reality-photographic bits and pieces-that are well integrated into broad, bright cartoon illustrations. Cronin's nonsensical text is rhythmic and buoyant. Pair this sunny, silly book with Jonathan London's Wiggle Waggle (1999) or Katie Davis's Who Hops? (1998, both Harcourt) for an active storytime about animals in motion.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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