From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A variation on a familiar children's game. On the first page, a picture shows a boy being followed by a dog. The only words are, "Along the path, hopping and skipping, follow the leader!" Subsequently, other animals join the game, and the text is punctuated with the familiar phrase. The merry romp continues until the group is confronted by a roaring tiger that wants to play, too. After a quick conference, the boy, acting as spokesman, gives conditional approval, stipulating that as the leader the tiger "MUST NOT turn around!" The result is predictable-the animals fall away one by one until the boy and his dog are the last to escape to the safe confines of home. The sunny, appealing watercolor artwork and benign story line make for pleasant enough fare, but even preschoolers might enjoy a bit more dramatic tension. Yes, the tiger is outwitted by the boy and the charming little critters, but readers never really feel that danger is imminent, and this detracts from the interest and excitement the tale generates.Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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About the Author
Emma Chichester Clark
won the Mother Goose Award in England for the most promising newcomer in children's book illustration in 1988 and has illustrated more than forty collections and picture books, including several collections by Geraldine McCaughrean: Greek Myths, Greek Gods and Goddesses,
and Roman Myths.
She is also the author and artist of I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!
Ms. Clark lives in London, England.