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Tickly Toes
     

Tickly Toes

by Susan Hood, Stephane ("Barroux") Barroux (Illustrator), Barroux (Illustrator)
 

This sweet board book by bestselling children's book author Susan Hood uses playful, singsongy rhyme to capture a baby's joy in discovering her or his own toes. The voice is that of a loving adult speaking directly to Baby. ?Those ten little piggies! Watch how they wiggle. We count them and kiss them and, oh, how you giggle!? Throughout the pages, we see that Baby

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This sweet board book by bestselling children's book author Susan Hood uses playful, singsongy rhyme to capture a baby's joy in discovering her or his own toes. The voice is that of a loving adult speaking directly to Baby. ?Those ten little piggies! Watch how they wiggle. We count them and kiss them and, oh, how you giggle!? Throughout the pages, we see that Baby doesn't want stuffed animals, or a rattle, or bath toys. All Baby wants is her or his own toes, and Baby even pulls off a booty to get at them! Finally, at the end of the book, Baby manages to grab a foot, and we see that the toes are headed straight into Baby's mouth. ?You did it! So proud! Your sunny face glows. You grabbed them, you nabbed them —- those runaway FUN-all-day TICKLY TOES!?

The artwork, by renowned author-illustrator Barroux, features close-ups of Baby, all of which spread across two pages. The bright colors and simple drawings are delightful and on their own are enough to make little ones giggle. This is a perfect book for preschoolers who still love to hear about what babies do and what happens in their lives. The voice is so encouraging as Baby eagerly approaches this developmental milestone, young children will enjoy sharing the warmth and happiness it conveys. All ten of Baby's toes are shown on several pages, which is great for counting, and one page includes all the numerals one to ten as well, for extra encouragement.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2014
PreS—This playful rhyming text with simply drawn acrylic and pencil images celebrates the day-to-day interactions between babies and their parents. "Those ten little piggies!/Watch how they wiggle./We count them and kiss them/and, oh, how you giggle!" Hood encourages movement and stretches in addition to belly laughs and squeals of delight.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-10
Every milestone in a baby’s life calls for celebration.A mother and father tickle their baby’s tummy, sing songs, and offer treats and toys. They are met with only mild reaction, despite their charm and appeal, as depicted in Barroux’s signature illustrations. But when they wiggle and count and kiss his toes, this tea-colored baby laughs and squeals joyfully. Then: an amazing discovery. The baby pulls off those toe-confining booties, kicks and curls, stretches and reaches and grabs those toes! The tot glows with accomplishment and surprise and enjoys the whole endeavor enormously. Of course the proud parents encourage it all and beam with joy at this success. In an 8-inch-square format, Barroux’s large-scale, double-page spreads appear almost life-size, and the baby seems to be looking directly out at the readers. Rendered in acrylic and outlined in pencil, the deceptively simple cartoons perfectly match the action and convey all the emotions of this happy family. Hood’s bouncy, singsong rhymes beg to be read aloud as they speak directly to the baby in the story and to little listeners snuggled up for a bedtime story and perhaps a toe-tickling of their own.A lovely addition to the bedtime storybook shelf. (Board book. 1-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894786522
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2014
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,185,981
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Hood is the author of more than 200 children's books, including several other Pup and Hound titles for Kids Can Press. She was most recently the Children's Content Director for Nick Jr. Magazine. Susan lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Barroux is an internationally renowned author-illustrator of more than a dozen books for children. His artwork has also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. He lives in Paris.

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