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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1ST edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141691627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416916277
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this charming follow-up to Wiggle, Cronin, Menchin and their doggie hero guide readers in life lessons as a series of literal ups and downs. "If you bounce into a puddle," the chipper canine says as he leaps off a lamppost à la Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain, "it's best to bounce in boots." The author completes the rhyme on the following spread, which finds the pooch with a spring in his step in the produce department: "If you must bounce in the market,/ it's best not to bounce in fruits!" Parents will appreciate the words of caution when bouncing gets out of hand ("Bouncing with your best friend is called a bouncing double./ Bouncing on the couch is called big bouncing trouble"; Menchin shows the two airborne with only the couch's back visible, then tumbling to the floor with only the furniture's feet showing). The artist works in bold ink outlines and bright, even digital colors, and uses whimsical photographic images here and there for comic punctuation. Cronin and Menchin build to a bravura finish, with an allusion to love: "A bounce can turn into a bump,/ a bump into a fall./ But it's better to have bounced and bumped.../ than never to have bounced at all!" (the long-eared hero sports a plethora of bandages, but also a wistful smile). Readers young and old will likely enjoy bouncing through these pages. Ages 1-4. (May)
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From School Library Journal

PreS—The frenetic pooch featured in Wiggle (S & S, 2005) is back with a decided bounce in its step. Readers are invited to jump, hop, leap, and bounce balls off their noses and toes along with the playful pooch. Rhymes weave in and out of the pen-and-ink and digitally colored spreads. The cartoon art is eye-catching and as playful as the text, featuring photographed objects like curtains, cabbages, and caps. A final bump and fall brings the silliness to a satisfying conclusion, "But it's better to have bounced and bumped...than never to have bounced at all!" Preschoolers will relish the fun and respond to the infectious energy of this title.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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More About the Author

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Lovin' Mom on June 5, 2007
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I think the book is fun, and my kids liked it (though I woldn't put it on a favorites list). My problem with the book I ordered from Amazon is the quality of the paper. It's horrible. I read books to my kids all day, and when I opened this hardcover and turned the page my first thought was "the page almost tore!" The pages of this book are of a very cheap, thin paper. Since the book reads quickly, and you have to page through to keep the beat of the words, it's sad that the pages are so easy to tear. I don't think this book will be very lasting...and I'm always hesitant to pull it off the bookshelf and read it because it feels so unpleasant when you turn the pages. I'm sure that sounds silly, but if you get one of these cheap-paper versions, you'll see what I mean!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on May 3, 2007
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My preference for read-aloud books is ALWAYS for rhyming content, since little ones like the rhythm and, er, "bounce" of such books. This one is a winner, (no surprise there) and I like the illustrations, too (favorites: the cabbages, the ballerinas, and the take on Gene Kelly's "Singin' In The Rain.")

The concept of bouncing into and onto things is such a simple pleasure for small children, and Cronin had the forethought to turn it into a reading pleasure, too.
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By Kel on July 11, 2014
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Very cute story! Love reading this book to my daughter!
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By Nancy S. Wolgamott on February 11, 2014
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Cute book! Nice illustrations. Appropriate for preschool. Used with our unit on balls.delivered quickly to my kindle. Simple language. I am happy with the book.
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