The name of the trembling star of this hilariously hyperbolic tale-Twitchly Fidget-alone will elicit giggles. This scaredy-lemur ranks right up there with prior endearing animal protagonists created by these collaborators, including the title characters in the Tacky the Penguin books and Hooway for Wodney Wat. Twitchly lives in a tactically designed hut made of leaves: "No windows or door. Something might want to get in. And no roof. After all, a roof could cave in." His bug-eyes emphasize his nonstop anxiety. Twitchly refuses to eat cereal, lest the crunchy noises startle him, causing him to bump his head on the lamp. "He [finds] his sneakers especially scary. Suppose he put them on the wrong feet and he had to walk cross-legged for the rest of his life?" Not surprisingly, this stay-at-home bloke turns down his pals' invitations to go out (he fears attending a parade, for instance, where he could easily "get bopped with a drumstick or sucked up in a trombone"). Something does happen to this fearful fellow, but rather than the disaster he predicts at every turn of page, it is a "vidgit"-or visit-from his Aunt Bridget Fidget, who sets things right. Once again, Lester's and Munsinger's wry humor is impeccably in sync and on point. Twitchly just may teach kids who tend to twitch a lesson about facing fears. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Twitchly Fidget, an anthropomorphic lemur, is afraid of almost everything. He can't shampoo for fear that the bubbles won't rinse off. He can't eat his cereal for fear of the noise. What if he put his sneakers on the wrong foot and had to walk crossed-legged? He just sits in his dreary hut made safe for lack of windows or doors. Even invitations to a parade, or a marshmallow roast, or a party seem fraught with danger so are refused. Then his Aunt Bridget arrives. He needs "a fixin'" that his aunt provides. As she shows his fears to be unwarranted, Twitchly is inspired to face the world. Munsinger's colored drawings depict the "before" and "after" scenes with empathetic good humor. In particular, the imagined disasters are visualized with appropriate comic exaggeration. The scenes with his aunt, loving, bossy and self-satisfied, add more humor. Our hero's transformation may inspire some youngsters to conquer their fears as they laugh. 2003, Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 3 to 6.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A story full of wit, humor, and frivolity. Twitchly Fidget, a wide-eyed lemur, is afraid of just about everything. "No, nothing had happened to him. But it might." Imagining the worst possible scenario, he sequesters himself in his windowless, doorless hut to stay safe and unharmed. When his Aunt Bridget Fidget comes to visit, she evaluates the state of affairs and immediately takes charge. As she cares for Twitchly, he faces his fears and gains the gumption to face the world with confidence. Munsinger carries the amusing text to its most laughable and delightful extreme. She draws Twitchly's terrified, distressed, and befuddled expressions and each imaginary calamity with aplomb. Twitchly deserves to join the ranks of Lester's other heroes. A superb read-aloud.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
There certainly are a lot of scary things that might happen, but most people aren’t afraid of their shampoo or their sneakers. Twitchly Fidget, a young lemur, is scared of both and much more. When his friends come to ask him to a parade, he declines for fear of getting bopped by a drumstick or sucked into a trombone. When his friends return to ask him to a marshmallow roast, he declines again for fear of getting stuck to everyone with melty marshmallows. His friends stop coming around, but Aunt Bridget Fidget swoops down to set things aright. With her own brand of tough love, Aunt Bridget shows Twitchly that just because something might happen doesn’t mean it will. Lester and Munsinger have once more delivered a silly yet instructional tale sure to please generations of listeners. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
"Lester and Munsinger combine talents once again in a winning story that perfectly captures a preschooler's fears of independence." Booklist, ALA
"Once again, Lester's and Munsinger's wry humor is impeccably in sync and on point. Twitchly just may teach kids who tend to twitch a lesson about facing fears." Publishers Weekly
"A story full of wit, humor, and frivolity... A superb read-aloud." School Library Journal
"...fans of Lester and Munsinger will welcome this personable animal antihero." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books