From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3--In this delightful addition to the series, Stan yearns "to be a famous star, like a baseball player.
[with] crowds of people to clap and cheer for me." His thoughts of baseball are interrupted when tap dancers Tonya and Ted come to town, captivating a crowd and offering to give lessons, culminating in a performance. Stan takes out the money he's been saving for a new glove to buy lessons and rent shoes. He is joined by other Mud Flat animals, who initially stumble and fall, but keep practicing. With more enthusiasm than talent, Stan overcomes disappointment when he is placed in charge of publicity and lemonade in lieu of a spot in the program. Tonya and Ted skip town before the show--enriched by the townspeople's trust but lonely at heart. Stan displays great leadership by putting on an "Any How" lineup of imaginative, inspired student acts, supplanted with several surprises, including an appearance by Tonya and Ted. Stevenson's trademark pen-and-watercolor illustrations lovingly depict exuberant characters and provide lots of special details, including labeled dance steps--"tap
. " Children will enjoy this zany story with its tribute to the power of dreams, community, kindness, and perseverance.--Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Gr. 1-3. When Tonya and Ted blow into Mud Flat with their van advertising "Trillion o' Taps," citizens quickly sign up for dancing lessons and rent tap shoes. Nearly everyone practices dancing, and the entire town plans the big show. Only the curmudgeon Mr. Cusspid scoffs at the event. When Tonya and Ted leave town in the dark of night, the show goes forward anyway, and even Mr. Cusspid makes a surprise appearance. Like the "Music Man" Professor Howard Hill, Tonya and Ted are beguiling con artists, but the Mud Flat folks prove even more charming. Fans of the earlier Mud Flat books will recognize the familiar format and characters and will cheer them in this new episode. Stevenson's watercolor illustrations provide their customary wit and humor. All that's missing is a soundtrack. Linda PerkinsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved