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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; Library Binding edition (March 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193470654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934706541
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4—Through bouncy verse and lively artwork, this creative collaboration explores the many different ways that lines are used. Whitman's descriptions employ a great range of adjectives and verbs, and Wilson's graphic-style art captures the actions of the lines with a host of colorful animal and monsterlike creatures engaged in various activities. For example, "Lines that twist" (the illustration shows a school bus navigating along a serpentine road), "lines that sway" (blades of grass bend gracefully in the wind), "lines that swish the flies way" (a cowboy-boot-wearing horse dispatches insects with its tail). Lines can also "curve" and "curl" (as in a mummy's unwinding bandages), "swirl" (from a whale's spout), and "zigzag" (across a rainstorm sky). The book's design showcases specific descriptors in a cursive font that uses the textured glitter to maximum effect. This emphasis makes the connection between word and art even more striking. Children will enjoy this book on many levels. It can be read independently for pleasure or used in a variety of ways in the classroom. Art teachers in particular will find this a wonderful addition to their curriculum.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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About the Author

A native of Long Island, New York, Candace Whitman studied art history at Yale and went on to earn a master's in art education at NYU. She became interested in children's books while teaching art to kids. Candace is also pursuing a master's of divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary.

When Steve Wilson was a little kid he found real Bigfoot tracks and crop circles. It's true! Since then he has been drawing weird things like UFOs, mythological monsters, aliens, ghosts, animals, cars, superheroes, clouds, and boats. He also works in TV animation design. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Customer Reviews

Very beautiful book graphically and a nice simple concept about lines.
andrea smith
Each year I search for books to add to my elementary classroom library, and this was a wonderful addition!
June
I used this book to introduce the variety of lines that can be created.
G Ma

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Eitemiller on September 23, 2009
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I picked this book up at the library the other day, and my daughter liked it so much I put it on her wish list. My daughter has a sensory processing disorder, as well as fine motor issues, and it's been great for her to try to trace the bumpy lines with her finger. The illustrations are really cute, the "story" is rhymey, it's not winning any Pulitzers, but it's readable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy S. on December 3, 2010
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The previous reviewers have said it all- this book is fantastic! The blue glitter lines throughout the book are inviting (I even love tracing the lines), and the retro illustrations initiate further conversation about the situations in the pics (eg.wind blowing, people waving, monsters hiding behind trees). The small details in the pics add a lot of interest. I primarily bought this book because monster pics were included, and I was not disappointed- they are plentiful and the bonus of the cool lines just creates an awesome book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa T. Taylor on September 20, 2009
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My elementary art students loved this book! It is a great way to introduce lines. They loved the monsters and the funny expressions the monsters had on their faces. The blue glittery lines helped them to follow the line in the book from page to page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G Ma on January 11, 2013
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I used this book to introduce the variety of lines that can be created. It is a children's book, but I used it in a high school art class.
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A bit of a rip off! I bought this book after having found it in the library. My students loved it because on each page the glittery blue line was raised from the rest of the page. This is, of course, enchanting for 6 year olds. I knew we would want to have the book in our class library after I had to return the checked out copy so I ordered it from Amazon. The copy I received did not feature the raised glittery blue line on ANY SINGLE PAGE--only on the cover. What a rip off! Had I known this I would not have bought it.
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By A. Butler on May 25, 2014
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I thought this book would be cute like Press Here or The Magic Tree, but it's so boring! My kids love the above mentioned books and ask to read it often. Lines the wiggle gets a big thumbs down though.
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My K-2 students enjoyed the fun, bright illustrations and the lively prose. After I read it, we played "I Spy" for different kinds of lines in my classroom.
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Very beautiful book graphically and a nice simple concept about lines. Great book to follow up an art lesson or to just have if you love quirky graphics.
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