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From Publishers Weekly

Three favorite school chants get the royal treatment from a trio of children's books veterans. Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky brilliantly reimagines the song as a boy's daydream, Knick-Knack Paddywhack!: A Moving Parts Book, with engineering by Andrew Baron. Youngsters lift a flap to "Give the dog a bone"; under the flap, the "old man [comes] rolling home" on a bicycle. The focus of the spread features a boy in striped pajamas who, when readers tug a pull-tab, reveals the old man holding the numeral one (and "play[ing] knick-knack" on the boy's thumb). The final spread shows 10 little old men rolling down the hillside.-- knick-knack" on the boy's thumb). The final spread shows 10 little old men rolling down the hillside.
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-No bones about it, this glorious title is a paper-engineering and bookmaking marvel as well as a freewheeling romp. Adapting the traditional counting song, Zelinsky gets maximum mileage out of the minimal nonsense text, larding the visual narrative with dogs, bones, and plenty of old men, each of whom plays "knick-knack paddywhack" with a numerical instrument and uses a different wheeled conveyance to come "rolling home." The artwork uses warm, cheery tones on the full-bleed pages. A rosy-cheeked boy is the focus of each spread; readers follow as he and his dog head outside and have some adventures before rolling home on his skateboard. Pull-tabs and flaps abound as the wacky action plays out and a bevy of tiny men make their progressive appearances. Perfectly enchanting little miniatures and moving parts within the flaps reveal copious attention to detail and each spread invites repeated viewing. Kids will love to sing, count, and clap along.
Luann Toth, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Series: New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525469087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525469087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By kn_s VINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
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This IS a beautiful book like all of his books, but while I love it, I can't let my 2 year old read and handle it with me. Now, my son CAN handle and work all of the various flaps and tabs on the Wheels on the bus book, and has been doing that since 10 months. These are just too tiny and somewhat delicate for daily handling like well loved books should have. I have to admit that I do have tape on my second copy of wheels on the bus, but that book did not attempt to fall apart at the very beginning.
ITs a gorgeous book with stunning effects and illustrations so go ahead and buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TJ's Mommy on January 25, 2006
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I bought this book based on reviews on this site of the author, Paul O. Zelinsky. I wasn't sure if it was age appropriate for my son (17 months), but he loves books and I just decided to give it a go. My husband and I opened it while our son was sleeping and we just LOVED it. The drawings are amazing and the engineering of the tab movement is unbelivevable. It had us in awe for 10 or 20 minutes. The book might not be kid friendly, but if you can hold your child for a few minutes and show them the movement of the pictures and read the story it will be great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Short on March 9, 2006
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My preschool special ed students LOVE this book, they would read it 10 times each day if I allowed them to. It's fun, had wonderful pop-ups and pull tabs and reinforces beginning reading skills such as rhyming. A must for children who need encouragement to listen to stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Styles on May 16, 2005
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This book is a marvel of paper engineering. After my daughter fell in love with Zelinsky's wonderful "Wheels on the Bus", we had to get her this one. She adores it, and will choose it most of the time we ask her to get a book. However, unlike "Wheels", the mechanisms are too delicate for a toddler. This morning she yanked on one of the tabs, and although nothing tore, one of the little men will no longer go back into his hiding place. The damage appears permanent.

Highly recommended either for slightly older children or those who will be content to let their parents pull all the tabs for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Young on November 5, 2003
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This is far and away the best movable I have ever seen. The attention to detail and the unbelievable quality of the book is amazing. There is a new something I see everytime I open the book. Wait until you read it through a few times and you find a new detail or creative way for the movement to happen. My daughter and I love this book so much I am buying another one to put away for her child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ElphabaThropp on April 12, 2005
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The tabs are sooo hard to pull on some of the pages!! They do NOT slide in and out easily. As far as the tabs go, that is a huge disappointment after having The Wheels on the Bus.

However, 4 starts for content! My 2 year old loves this book!! We read it over and over.. Another clear favourite!

I love the author's/illustrator's take on the 'old men' ROLLING home. My son loves the dog pushing the wheel chair.

Make the tabs easier to manipulate and this would be a 5 star, must have book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. ware on November 14, 2005
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I agree with other reviewers that the pulls are a little stiff on this book, but i just slip a finger in the page while a pull and they all go easily. Not a big deal to me at all. I cannot let my 10 month old play with this book like she does many of her others, but I knew that from the start. She finds it mesmerizing though and I have a feeling that we will get years of use out of this one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz on November 10, 2012
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This book has a lot of neat ideas in terms of the pop-up elements, but I think it was perhaps too ambitious. At least two of the moving parts broke the first time we tried to use them and several other pages only work with some careful coaxing. I definitely don't recommend this book for little kids and I don't really feel like I got my money's worth, unfortunately.
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