From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Carlsons lively characters are back with a message about exercise and what fun it can be. Exercise can be relaxing or Exercise can help you make friends, and Exercise burns up the junky food you sometimes eat. As in the author/artists earlier upbeat books, a positive message comes through without being preachy. Done in colored pencils and technical pens, the artwork features humanlike animals boldly exhibiting the joys and woes of exercise, and adds humor through visual cues full of cheerful and realistic expression. A heart-healthy fact runs across the top of most pages, with corresponding text below. With childhood obesity a hot topic for todays kids, this book offers a playful yet helpful encouragement to those who may need extra incentive to get up and go.–JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
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PreS-K. In this colorful picture book, Carlson speaks to children directly, urging them to take care of their bodies by getting some exercise. She enumerates the parts of the body helped by exercise and names several other benefits, such as enjoying athletic achievements, learning sportsmanship, and making new friends. The helpful statement "Exercise burns up the junky food you sometimes eat" is undermined somewhat by the large illustration and comparatively lengthy description of a particular example: "a triple chocolate, caramel, marshmallow cream sundae with extra whipped cream, and a cherry on top"; but this passage is sure to bring a response when the book is read aloud in the classroom. Bright and sassy, the clearly delineated drawings with vivid washes provide a light, sometimes-comical tone that makes the lessons easier to take. With a short, simple text and a cheerful look, this will suit preschool and kindergarten teachers looking for an accessible book on exercise. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved