Toes Have Wiggles, Kids Have Giggles

Toes Have Wiggles, Kids Have Giggles

by Harriet Ziefert, Rebecca Doughty

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Like their previous collaboration, 39 Uses for a Friend, Toes Have Wiggles, Kids Have Giggles by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Rebecca Doughty, presents poetic observations ("Summers have bicycles Winters have icicles") alongside childlike illustrations. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This simple rhyming text presents a child's-eye view of the world with a wonderfully direct matter-of-factness: "Summers have bicycles. Winters have icicles. . . . Doors have bells. Wishes have wells. Flowers have smells." Some of the rhymes have an amusing twist, or added kid-pleasing humor: e.g, "Polkas have dots" and "Noses have picks." Occasionally Ziefert stretches a bit too far to find a rhyme, as when she joins "Potatoes have mash" and "Pools have splash" with "Squirrels have stash." Stash? The one page where she deviates from nouns to adjectives�"Nightmares have scary. Monsters have hairy"�is also a bit jarring. But overall, young readers will be ready to savor another reading when they reach the final satisfying line: "Books have ends." Doughty's illustrations are a perfect match for Ziefert's text, extremely childlike and playful, adding humor of their own, as when she illustrates "Kids have ears" with a double-spread of five children happily chomping away on ears of corn. 2002, Putnam,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Whimsical describes this light verse touching on a random assortment of objects and experiences found in a child's world. Rhyme rather than reason seems to be the guiding force behind the pairing of words. For example, "Faucets have drips. Chips have dips. Kisses have lips." Such poetic wordplay may assist new readers although the vocabulary content is not uniformly simple. Also, while some of the spreads are quite charming, others are less successful, e.g., "Nightmares have scary. Monsters have hairy." Childlike ink-and-paint cartoons portray a multicultural array of youngsters and everyday items. A mildly humorous additional purchase.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
7.14(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Liz Murphy was born and raised in England and attended the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Montclair, New Jersey. Liz has illustrated four other picture books for Blue Apple.

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