Wiggle

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Overview

Do you
wake up
with a
wiggle?
Do you
wiggle
out of bed?

For energetic toddlers (are there any who aren't?), here's a book that invites them to wiggle along with the story. Told in rollicky, wiggly rhyme ...

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Overview

Do you
wake up
with a
wiggle?
Do you
wiggle
out of bed?

For energetic toddlers (are there any who aren't?), here's a book that invites them to wiggle along with the story. Told in rollicky, wiggly rhyme that begs to be read again and again, Doreen Cronin's latest romp will have toddlers wiggling, giggling, and then (hopefully) falling into bed, blissfully exhausted!

Rhyming text describes the many ways to wiggle.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Expect some moving and grooving in the audience when you read aloud Cronin's irrepressibly jaunty rhymes extolling the joys of wiggling. The author of the bestselling Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type returns with a day in the life of a very wiggly canine, rendered in Menchin's buoyant blend of drawing and photography. The happy hound shimmies from morning until night: "Do you wake up with a wiggle? Do you wiggle out of bed? If you wiggle with your breakfast, it might wind up on your head." Fans of wiggling will find themselves giggling throughout. (ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Publishers Weekly
Youngsters can't be expected to sit still while listening to this energetic read-aloud featuring an animated doggie who wiggles in a variety of situations-some comically outlandish. At times zigzagging across the pages, Cronin's (Click, Clack, Moo) bouncy, rhymed text repeats the title word frequently-and with gusto-from the opening spread, which asks, "Do you wake up with a wiggle? Do you wiggle out of bed?" as the contented canine gives his tail a vociferous wag. A flip of the page reveals the pooch in a chef's hat flipping a pancake ("If you wiggle with your breakfast, it might wind up on your head"), and the pancake, in kid-pleasing fashion, does just that. Subsequent silly scenarios show the amiable pup wiggling with his shadow and underwater, where he cavorts with fish. Menchin (The Day the Whale Came) amusingly depicts the hound hero's shenanigans in vividly hued digitally rendered cartoon art. At times the solid colors leak outside his bold black lines, creating a wiggly effect. And the compositions incorporate some fun photographic images: a rubber ducky, and a knitted hat and body suit, which the pooch wears while wiggling with polar bears. The tale's tail end announces "I think we're out of wiggles now. See you wiggle soon!" Enthusiastic youngsters may take that as an enticing invitation to start the book all over again. Ages 1-4. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-There's not a lot of story here, but there is plenty of fun as a playful, rump-shaking pup leads toddlers through some of the many ways to move around: "Do you wake up with a wiggle?/Do you wiggle out of bed?/If you wiggle with your breakfast,/it might wind up on your head." The dog goes on to jiggle and dance with various objects and creatures before falling asleep beneath the moon. Menchin's lively, digitally rendered art incorporates elements of reality-photographic bits and pieces-that are well integrated into broad, bright cartoon illustrations. Cronin's nonsensical text is rhythmic and buoyant. Pair this sunny, silly book with Jonathan London's Wiggle Waggle (1999) or Katie Davis's Who Hops? (1998, both Harcourt) for an active storytime about animals in motion.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This alternative to "Shake My Sillies Out" offers wiggles galore, but is sometimes vague about the suggested movement. In spontaneous-sounding verse, Cronin directs her audience to "first wiggle where your tail would be. Then wiggle all your hair. Feeling extra silly? Wiggle in your underwear!" And so on-but some adult direction will be required for the gorilla wiggle ("Do they make a wiggle noise?"), and though Menchin features a clearly drawn dog acting out most of the wiggles in his digitally drawn cartoons, a crocodile and a newly hatched bird are not posed in ways that provide visual cues. Still, not too bad a choice for preschoolers in need of a wiggle break. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689863752
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 265,747
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Boo; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.

Scott Menchin received rave reviews for his boisterous illustrations in Wiggle by Doreen Cronin. His unique style has also bounced around with such high-profile publications as the New York Times and Time. He lives with his wife and daughter in New York and teaches at the Pratt Institute graduate school.

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First Chapter

Wiggle


By Doreen Cronin

Atheneum

Copyright © 2005 Doreen Cronin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-689-86375-2


Chapter One

If you
wiggle
with your
breakfast,

it might wind up on your head.

Wiggle
slowly
when with
polar bears.

They're very wiggle shy.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Wiggle by Doreen Cronin Copyright © 2005 by Doreen Cronin. Excerpted by permission of Atheneum. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    How they love to wiggle

    this is a great book for the classroom. The students get to wiggle out there energy. I highly recommend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Very wiggle fun!

    A very fun book for toddlers. Each page has my son wiggling and lauging. Not a good book before nap or bed time!! He loves to wiggle and brings us this book all the time.

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