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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.
The power of a small energetic boy to rule a family is told through the story of his non-stop travels through a day, from the point of view of his wriggling, galloping, rarely-still wizzy foot. As if outside his control, it first leads him on a campaign to arouse his parents early in the morning, gathering in his wake his sister, the family dog and the cat. Fueled with breakfast, the boy charges about--he plays in the kitchen, raises a ruckus throughout house and, when scolded, runs riot in the wide yard. The rhythmic language is suggestive of the tramp, tramp of an army on the move--a fitting image for the boisterous little boy. The bold palette of the illustrations energizes the story, making it a multi-sensory experience. The parents work hard to keep up with their little boy and impress as both slightly harassed and tolerant of his extreme exuberance. When all winds down, with one curtain call, at the end of the day, the reader shares the parents' exhaustion and relief that all has ended happily. There is no doubt, however, that the wizzy foot will be on the march again tomorrow. The book jacket includes a brief bio of the author and illustrator, as well as a list of "Instructions for Care and Feeding of a Wizzy Foot." This book would be a good addition to a preschool, an early elementary reading program or a lesson based on learning parts of the body. Reviewer: Hazel Buys