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Wiggle waggle fun : stories and rhymes for the very very young
Mayo, Margaret.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Plum pudding.
First Borzoi Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Physical Description:
62 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
A collection of poems, songs, traditional verses, action rhymes, and stories, illustrated by twenty-four different artists.
General Note:
Originally published in Great Britain as Plum pudding by Orchard Books in 2000.

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Central Library PZ5.M16 PL 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Newstead Library PZ5.M16 PL 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clarence Library PZ5.M16 PL 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library PZ5.M16 PL 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library PZ5.M16 PL 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library PZ5.M16 PL 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Waggle my fingers And wriggle my toes Waggle my shoulders And wiggle my nose. Here in one sumptuous collection are fun-filled stories and rhymes about teddy bears, tractors, animals, playtime, bathtime, and bedtime. Wiggle Waggle Fun is sure to delight young children with its rich mix of classic favorites and new treasures, just right for reading aloud and joining in. Twenty-four exceptional illustrators provide stunning artwork for the collection.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2-6. "Splishy-sploshy," "Toot-toot!" "Boom! Boom! Boom!" The titles in Mayo's collection reverberate with noise-making nonsense and giggly fun. In language just right for the very young, Mayo offers original stories and her own versions of favorite nursery rhymes, poems, and songs, such as "This Is the House That Jack Built" and "Over in the Meadow." Twenty-four well-known artists, including Jane Ray, Jane Simmons, and Caroline Uff, contribute spreads that, by ranging wildly in style and mood, crank up the overall sense of gleeful cacophony. A few more-somber selections, such as a Christmas poem, feel out of place, and some of the nonsense falls flat. But the infectious rhythm and action in the words and the appealing visuals will keep kids asking for this treasury, which is reminiscent of the Richard Scarry books with their wide range of busy-making selections. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mayo's (Brother Sun, Sister Moon) collection of pithy, mostly animal-themed verses makes an ideal showcase for 24 illustrators. Among the most memorable contributors: Susan Rollings offers up a cheery take on a soggy urban landscape for the rhyme "Splishy-Sploshy Wet Day"; Russell Ayto dreams up a very chaotic ark for "A Boat Full of Animals," afloat on a turbulent ocean of pen-and-ink cross-hatching and watercolor wash; and Emily Bolam creates clean cartoon panels to chronicle the attrition rate of some sassy fowl for "Five Little Ducks" (luckily, they all return to their mother). Although the titles may appear unfamiliar, most of the texts should ring a bell a series of rhymes called "Old Mother Turtle and Her Friends," is actually "Over in the Meadow"; "Wiggle Waggle and Crocodile Snap" riffs on "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"; and Lauren Child's exuberant characters pull together the disparate themes of "Yankee Doodle Came to Town," "Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling" and three other rhymes for a spread called "Hoddley, Poddley, Nonsense, and Fun." Ages 6 mos.-4 yrs. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A fun-filled collection of 26 action rhymes, stories, counting, poems, and retellings of traditional tales, each illustrated by a different artist (Lydia Monks and Caroline Uff do two selections each). Mayo begins with a delightful version of "Down by the Station," and ends, as a child goes to sleep, with "Star Light, Star Bright." In between are favorites such as "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"; "Father Bear's Enormous Turnip"; and "Five Little Ducks." Many of the illustrators are well known (Jane Ray, Tony Ross, Lauren Child), some less well known, but all of the artwork is of excellent quality and well suited to its particular selection. With the exception of a Christmas spread, which seems slightly out of place, the collection is well laid out, with longer stories placed between shorter, more quickly paced verses. The varied pace will hold interest, and children will likely want to turn again and again to their favorite sections. A good choice, particularly for one-on-one sharing.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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