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Dancing Feet!

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by Lindsey Craig

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Clickity! Clickity! Long green feet!  
Who is dancing that clickity beat?

Lizard is dancing on clickity feet.  
Clickity! Clickity! Happy feet!

Introducing a get-up-and-dance toddler book-so catchy and rhythmic, you'll almost want to sing it.

Lindsey Craig's rollicking text features funny sound words


Clickity! Clickity! Long green feet!  
Who is dancing that clickity beat?

Lizard is dancing on clickity feet.  
Clickity! Clickity! Happy feet!

Introducing a get-up-and-dance toddler book-so catchy and rhythmic, you'll almost want to sing it.

Lindsey Craig's rollicking text features funny sound words (Tippity! Creepity! Stompity! Thumpity!), dancing animals, a singsong beat, and a guessing element just easy enough for preschoolers to anticipate. Marc Brown's artwork is bright, textured, and joyful, a collage of simple shapes for kids to find and name.

So grab a partner and tap your feet to this read-aloud picture-book treat.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Consistently in step with newcomer Craig's toe-tapping narrative, Brown's cut-paper collages herald a fresh direction for his artwork. Recalling the simple yet sophisticated collage art of Leo Lionni (to whom Brown dedicates the book) and Eric Carle, the pictures introduce a cheerful menagerie of animals composed of basic shapes cut from hand-painted papers in an array of colors, textures, and patterns that recall everything from corrugated cardboard to exotic grasses. Celebrating movement and sound, the guessing-game story hints at the identity of each creature, initially seen retreating from the page, leaving footprints behind. Spontaneous, onomatopoeic verses ask questions that are answered with a page turn: “Tippity! Tippity!/ Little black feet!/ Who is dancing that tippity beat?” leads into a spread that reveals ladybugs cavorting among leaves and dappled orange flowers. An elephant's beat is “stompity,” ducks' is “slappity,” a caterpillar's is “creepity,” and a bear's is “thumpity.” In a satisfying finale, kids wearing clothing that mimics the appearance of the various animals demonstrate their own dancing feet. Fluid repetition and snappy rhythm make this a natural for reading aloud—noisily. Ages 1–4. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In this picture book, children are asked to guess who's dancing across a spread by looking at the clues in the artwork and listening to the rhymes. A dancing bear makes a "Thumpity! Thumpity!" noise with its feet, while the steps of ladybugs sound more like, "Tippity! Tippity!" Appearing alongside a row of small footprints is: "Creepity! Creepity!/Lots of purple feet!/Who is dancing/that creepity beat?" A turn of the page reveals an illustration of a smiling caterpillar and the answer: "Caterpillar's dancing/on creepity feet./Creepity! Creepity!/Happy feet!" Brown uses hand-painted paper collage and primary shapes to create all of the happy dancers. A surprise pairing of partners ends this cheerful story and acts as a motivator to get children moving. Pair this title with Karma Wilson's Hilda Must Be Dancing (S & S, 2004) for storytimes full of movement and sounds.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Craig's children's-book debut is a riotous, rhythmic romp that gives children the chance to make guesses, experiment with sound and movement and play with language. The patterned text gives readers a clue as to the sound an animal would make if it were dancing. "Tippity! Tippity! / Little black feet! / Who is dancing / that tippity beat?" With the help of picture clues, children can make their guesses before a turn of the page reveals the answer. "Ladybugs are dancing / on tippity feet. / Tippity! Tippity! / Happy feet!" Stompity elephants, slappity ducks, creepity caterpillars, thumpity bears and clickety lizards all join in the dance. The final spread shows children dancing like their favorites. Brown's illustrations are inspired, displaying a remarkable departure from his usual style, combining textured, hand-painted papers in collage. The result simply pops off the pages, with shape and color creating an intimate, joyful setting for the cheery animal dancers. Fantastic fun with nearly limitless possibilities-terrific for group sharing. (Picture book. 1-5)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
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Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Lindsey Craig grew up in a dancing and singing family. She often wakes up tapping her foot and hears music in everyday things, from honking cars to thrumming crickets. She has written a musical, and her children's play, Cinderella's Shakespeare, is performed nationwide. Dancing Feet! is her first foray into children's books. She lives with her husband and children on a small island in Washington State.

Marc Brown is the creator of Arthur, the star of many picture books and a six-time Emmy Award–winning PBS television show. He is also the illustrator of Buying, Training & Caring for Your Dinosaur, by Laura Joy Rennert, and the New York Times bestsellers Wild About Books and Born to Read, both by Judy Sierra. He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City. 

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Dancing Feet! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2 year old twin boys love this book, they get very excited wondering what animal is on the next page. Must have!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obviously I'm not Tech Savvy, accidentally enlarged the ebook and it's perfect now! Who knew what tapping the screen would do! Great book also.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cute book made me dance also my relatives i love to watch marc browns tv show called arthur pal is acute dog
Marjean Wray More than 1 year ago
I like love this book grate job hope for u people to read it
WiseWoman33 More than 1 year ago
I recently bought a copy of Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig, and had the pleasure of reading it to my two grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, at the same time. They loved it and wanted me to read it over and over, each guessing the animal and sound that would appear on the next page. Two weeks past, and we had both girls together again. This time Grandpa and I took them to the zoo about an hour's drive away. I asked the girls "What book would you like to take for the ride to the zoo?" Please understand that Grandma has an abundance of wonderful books. Both girls squealed "Dancing Feet! Dancing Feet!" That pretty much says it all.
ThinkingReader More than 1 year ago
This book is fun to read for adults & kids. Full of friendly ideas, great illustrations & a happy concept for all. Rhythmic, rhyming and just a little bit silly. Every child loves to get movin' and dance!
KarenL25 More than 1 year ago
My kids favorite book! They insist on reading it every night before bed, they dance around the room, till they fall asleep! Love the catchy rhymes and great pictures. Wonderful story, a must buy for all your singing-dancing little ones!
Bandyclan More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun! I have a three and five year old children and both love this book. They try all the animal dances--love the creepity caterpillar--and we all have fun with the fun rhymes. This book is a must-buy for energetic kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago