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The wriggly, wriggly baby
Clerk, Jessica.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : A.A. Levine Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
A very active baby ventures from his home to the firehouse, the zoo, the circus, and the beach, eluding his parents, until he finds himself alone and discovers that he misses them.
Reading Level:
AD 470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 1 Quiz: 30576 Guided reading level: K.
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If a baby likes to wobble and to wriggle and to bop,He could bobble out the back door -- and then not stop!Zip over to the zoo where he'd bow before the beasts,Then dance down to the diner for a most delicious feast,Shimmy sweetly at the seashore, and when he's seen all to be seen,He could come home to his parents -- and settle down to dream. Jessica Clerk and Laura Rankin combine their unique artistic talents in this snappy, sing-songy, sensational story of a baby on the move.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS. A round-headed baby wriggles against the pure white of the opening spread. But just wriggling on a rug isn't enough for this twitchy child. It wriggles out the door and into adventure, making stops at the zoo, the circus, and the beach. The infectious rhyme meets its match in the watercolor-and-ink paintings that show the baby on the move--tumbling, tripping, swinging, always in motion. There is whimsical humor, too, as when Dad flies on a trapeze, holding Mom by the legs as she seeks her child in the circus crowd. One slight problem--the baby, who initially looks too young to walk, transforms into a toddler by mid-book. Oh well, it is the whimsy that counts here, and this jolly offering is nothing but. Ilene Cooper.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-With lots of nonsense words and continuous bursts of energy, this text follows the activities of one happy-go-lucky baby who can't stay still. After slithering down the banister and skittering out the door, he "skeeters" his way, with the family dog and cat in tow, from the park to the zoo, where he tangos with the tigers and babbles to the bears. Then it's on to the circus and the fair, ending at the ocean where he waltzes with whales. When the moon goes behind a cloud and his protective sidekicks fall asleep, the baby finds himself all alone and is ready to go home. His parents, who have been a few steps behind him all day, welcome him home, where, just maybe, he'll go to bed. While the rhyming text sets a rollicking pace, it's really the vividness and fullness of the illustrations that keep the story moving. The pen-and-ink and acrylic drawings bubble with joy. Bright, clean light permeates each page while the scenes come alive through detail and playful characterization. The baby is dressed in a brightly striped, footed onesie that draws the eye, helping readers keep track of him on every page. Meanwhile, the parents are hot on his trail but keep looking the wrong way. This misdirection adds humor despite the adults' obvious concern. Much like James Stevenson's Rolling Rose (Greenwillow, 1992), this independent youngster safely cruises the town with abandon. The book provides readers the vicarious pleasure of joining such a whimsical journey.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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