DePalma (Uh-Oh!) offers a festive exercise in free association, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Spare, gently comedic watercolors tell the story: a boy and his dog are playing fetch ("bow-wow/ wiggle-waggle/ yip-yap/ yowl!") when a cat appears ("paw-paw/ pitter-patter.../ meow!/ growl!"), and a multianimal ruckus ensues. The cat leaps over a stream, along with a frog ("Hip Hop!/ ribbet-ribbet/ splish-splish/ splash!") and scurries into shrubbery, from which a snake emerges ("Hiss! Hiss!/ slither-slither slip,/ sink slide"). The dog's enthusiasm morphs into sadness when it realizes it has lost both the boy and the cat ("sag, flag/ sniffle-snuffle/ sputter/ bawl"), but a reunion isn't far away. Set against a pleasing balance of white space and peaceful greenery, DePalma's delicate artwork is clean and fresh; the excitable, wide-eyed dog is the star of the show and exudes the most personality as it bounds after the cat, stares at a squirrel, and tumbles joyfully with its owner in the closing scene. It's a fun read-aloud, but not a quiet one: preschoolers will be easily drawn into the book's verbal energy. Ages 3–7. (July)
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What is it like to play a game of fetch with your dog? Young readers will follow in the footsteps of this imaginative game, enjoying the twists and turns and onomatopeia as the storyline progresses. The book begins with the line, "Bow-wow, wiggle-waggle, yip-yap, yowl!" accompanied by a picture of a dog playing ball with a boy. On the pages that follow, young readers will fall in love with pictures of the boy throwing his ball, the animals who come to witness the game, and the cat and frog who watch the ball splash into a pond. Then geese honk, puddle, paddle, waddle, and glide into the book, while the boy dashes off with his dog and the cat who has joined the procession. A snake glides across the page, slipping, slinking, and sliding toward the ball while rabbits shiver, quiver, and nibble. The dog discovers a squirrel who scatters, chatters, scampers, and winks out at young readers. Finally a bird whistles and twitters, twirling through the air. The story concludes with a reunion between the boy and his dog, who hug, tumble, cuddle, and play together. In this lively story, young readers will enjoy the concurrent experience of exploring the world in their own backyards while listening to the beautiful music of Mother Nature. This book is a wonderful gift for young children who will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and accompanying text. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—In this story told exclusively with onomatopoetic narrative and watercolor illustrations, a boy and his dog encounter other animals while playing outdoors, and the text is presented in a variety of font types, sizes, and colors. The cat garners attention with "paw-paw pitter-patter…meow!" A butterfly distracts them, "FLEE, FLY FLUTTER-FLUTTER FLICKER, FLASH." They chase a frog: "HIP HOP! ribbet-ribbet splish-splish spLash!" Geese chase them from the pond, a snake and then rabbits appear from under the bushes, and the dog wanders off from the boy to chase a cat. The boy looks for the dog: "CALL crawl scramble ramble zip, skip…MEET! BOW-WOW wiggle-waggle YIP-YAP YAY!/HUG, SNUG, TUMBLE, CUDDLE, PET, PAT…PLAY!" The action unfolds across cheerful spreads; the lack of added details will help viewers focus on the action but may not support many repeated readings. The cartoon characters are small and of low contrast, making the book best suited for lap or small-group sharing. A tight textual rhythm is satisfying and will spark a conversation between the reader and viewer.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
A game of fetch with a brown spotted dog turns into a wild pursuit that passes by a rhythmic cacophony of animals along the way. A bright-eyed and bouncy pup yowls for joy waiting to play ball with its young owner. But as the game of fetch begins, the "paw-paw pitter-patter" of a tiger cat creeps onto the page. DePalma has created a syncopated soundscape of animal noises as the puppy chases the cat past a host of other wildlife. The book seems like two stories in one--a wordless picture book depicting the chase, and a tongue-twisting play on animal noises. For example, "TWITCH-TWITCH shiver, quiver nibble BLINK / dart, dash scatter chatter scamper wink" describes rabbits and squirrels that watch as the action runs by. Though punctuation is sparse, the text is printed in different types and colors to match the sounds. Luckily, the watercolor illustrations propel the story's action forward. The scenery shows the chase through field, stream and forest, with the boy lagging farther and farther behind. The storyline is easy to see, as the boy and his hyperactive dog are finally reunited after the chase ends. Full of energy and zip, this is a good example of onomatopoeia, well complemented by the engaging pictures and heartfelt story. (Picture book. 3-7)
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By Mary Newell DePalma
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright © 2012 Mary Newell DePalma
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Chapter One BOW-WOW
paw-paw pitter-patter ...
Honk! Honk! puddle paddle waddle GLIDE
HISS! HISS! slither-slither slip, slink, slide
shiver, quiver nibble
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