Tumble Me Tumbily

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In lilting language and eye-catching swirls of babies and toddlers, floppy stuffed animals and soft toys, Karen Baicker and Sam ...

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Overview

In lilting language and eye-catching swirls of babies and toddlers, floppy stuffed animals and soft toys, Karen Baicker and Sam Williams transport their readers directly into the world of babies. Whether the babies are just getting up,
I am awake!
Im awake all the way,
Waked up to stay up
And wake up the day!
or going to bed,
Snuggle me snuggly
So warm and cuddly,
Huggily, happily
In your soft lap Ill be
the joyfulness of babies days will bring a smile to every readers face!

Rhyming text presents the play, food, animal friends, and sleepy end of a toddler's day.

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Baicker's first book bursts with the endless exuberance of toddlerhood, from wake-up ("I am awake!/I'm awake all the way./Waked up to stay up/and wake up the day!") to snuggle-down. Invitingly designed—thanks to Williams's (Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck) ingenuity—to resemble a play in three acts, the volume opens with stage curtains parted to reveal a bombardment of babies, bear cubs, bunnies and balls in stripes, stars and nursery colors, indicating wake-up and playtime. A stage brimming with dancing cups, a bowl filled with babies of all skin tones and giant flying spoons starts the mealtime-themed second act; and winged cherubs and infants tucked into pea pods help the audience wind down. Williams begins with the image of a toddler waking his or her human mother and ends with a human mother nestling her child at bedtime, but the intervening pages picture babies gallivanting with bears and bunnies. A classic game to get baby to eat, for instance, becomes fodder for a wild fantasy: "Toot toot!/Choo-choo/Coming down/the track,/Pretzel, cracker/tummy packer/bringing me my snack" accompanies an animated freight train as it delivers fruits and other goodies. Baicker's joyful wordplay combined with Williams's imaginative spreads ensure that toddlers will plead for repeat performances. -Publishers Weekly

This picture book presents a trio of rollicking rhymes: one for waking up, one for eating, and one for bedding down again. Baicker's playful sense of sound animates the writing, which is sometimes punctuated with quiet sections, "Time to get Mommy / still sound asleep, / Butterfly kisses / to tickle your cheek," then picks up speed, bounding along with phrases like "Bumpity-bump as we go down the stairs / Bidee-boom / bidde-bumbly / Bouncity bears." Fun to read, the verses fairly gallop along, but quiet down again for the tender, "snuggle me snuggly" ending. In the fanciful illustrations, a racially diverse crew of babies and toddlers frolic about with bears, bunnies, elephants, mice, and even dancing vegetables and dishes. Deftly drawn, slightly scruffy lines create lovable characters in action. Washes contribute a variety of tintted effects from sunlit outdoor scenes to intensely colored dreamscapes. A rewarding picture book to read aloud. Tumbling is optional. -ALA Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Baicker's first book bursts with the endless exuberance of toddlerhood, from wake-up ("I am awake!/ I'm awake all the way./ Waked up to stay up/ and wake up the day!") to snuggle-down. Invitingly designed-thanks to Williams's (Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck) ingenuity-to resemble a play in three acts, the volume opens with stage curtains parted to reveal a bombardment of babies, bear cubs, bunnies and balls in stripes, stars and nursery colors, indicating wake-up and playtime. A stage brimming with dancing cups, a bowl filled with babies of all skin tones and giant flying spoons starts the mealtime-themed second act; and winged cherubs and infants tucked into pea pods help the audience wind down. Williams begins with the image of a toddler waking his or her human mother and ends with a human mother nestling her child at bedtime, but the intervening pages picture babies gallivanting with bears and bunnies. A classic game to get baby to eat, for instance, becomes fodder for a wild fantasy: "Toot toot!/ Choo-choo/ Coming down/ the track,/ Pretzel, cracker/ tummy packer/ bringing me my snack" accompanies an animated freight train as it delivers fruits and other goodies. Baicker's joyful wordplay combined with Williams's imaginative spreads ensure that toddlers will plead for repeat performances. Ages 1-4. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Cuddly animals and a parade of appealing toddlers bounce their way through playtime, lunch, and bedtime in a lively presentation. Full of playful and rhythmic imagery, the text is just right for reading aloud: "Giggle greens and silly beans/jump up to the sky,/Dance and tumble,/apple crumble, fill-my-belly pie." Occasionally, readers have to work a bit to get the meter just right, but for the most part, the words flow easily. Buoyant illustrations bring in playful teddy bears, elephants, and other animals that join various children in the activities. Soft-focus outlines, rounded shapes, and bright, but gentle colors create a warm and engaging fantasy world. Each of the three sections is introduced with a full-color spread, complete with theater curtains that effectively announce the changing scenes. The rest of the illustrations are set off neatly against white background, with varied layouts and text placements that match the energy of the story. In the third part, "Snuggle Me Snuggly," the previously animated figures become more settled and peaceful, as the rhyme winds down to bedtime. The sense of fun and imagination shown by both author and artist should guarantee an appreciative audience.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Using the repetitive and sometimes nonsensical words that toddlers employ, this three-part tale imagines what babies and children might say when waking up, when eating, and when settling into bed. Sweet babies, adventurous toddlers, and cuddly stuffed animals dance and swirl around the rhythmic and lilting verses describing the sensations of babyhood. Ripe strawberries are mashed into oblivion then swallowed with a sweet gulp. Pony rides on parents’ knees and a game of hide-and-seek provide endless fun and a cuddly set of arms becomes a warm bird’s nest of comfort for the night. Softly smudged illustrations rendered in pastels on textured paper feature a dreamy landscape full of animals and babies in imaginary settings. Tongue-twisting verses ("Tickle me / tackle me / sack-a-potato me, / tug-a-bug / jumble-bee / tumble me tumbily!") will challenge even the most seasoned readers, but the delightful imagery rewards persistence. Inventive and fun. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929766611
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Baicker lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her husband and two young children, Lucy and Jake. Tumble Me Tumbily was her first children's book, and she is also the author of I Can Do It Too! and Pea Pod Babies. Besides writing for children, she is

Sam Williams began his career in London as a magazine and book designer. He has also been an art director and a publisher. He now illustrates books full time when he is not taking dares to climb mountains! He lives in England with his wife, three children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    Great, Great Book

    I read this book with my son, he loves the funny way the words all come together. It has become his favorite book. This is a must have book for all parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    Great Book!

    I recieved this book as a gift, and it has quickly become my 18 month olds favorite. She giggles everytime we read about 'grape jelly and jiggle belly' and it holds her attention through the entire book. It has become essential in her bedtime routine every night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2002

    Buy this book!

    Better yet, buy a bunch of copies ¿ you¿ll want to give it to teachers, friends, new babies. My son and I now go down the stairs in the morning chanting the lines ¿Bidee boom, bidee bumbly, bouncity bears¿ ¿ and that routine is helping my morning grump start his day almost cheerful! He loves to repeat the fun-to-say phrases like ¿Tickle me, tackle me, sack-a-potato me.¿ Best of all, he actually settles down and snuggles up with us when we read the sleepy cuddly ¿last act¿ of this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    My kids LOVE it

    I got an advance copy from a publisher friend, and my kids absolutely love this book. Great illustrations, too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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