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Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball Hardcover – June 30, 2001

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About the Author

Charles Fuge made his picture book debut with BUSHVARK'S FIRST DAY OUT, which won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including SOMETIMES I LIKE TO CURL UP IN A BALL, which was highly commended by the judges of the 2001 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Dorset.

Charles Fuge made his picture book debut with BUSHVARK'S FIRST DAY OUT, which won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including SOMETIMES I LIKE TO CURL UP IN A BALL, which was highly commended by the judges of the 2001 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Dorset.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806979437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806979434
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
This is a must-have for baby's library. Very rhythmic in terms of tempo and rhyming, so even if your baby is too young to understand the words, they will enjoy the rhythm. And when they are older, they will enjoy the story. It's a very sweet book about all sorts of things that are fun to do, loud things, messy things, etc, but sometimes babies just like to curl up with a parent where they feel safe and secure. Aww... :-)
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I admit that this is the first (OK, maybe the second) children's book that I bought more for myself than for Max.
The feisty wombat who sometimes likes to curl up in a ball is a quite active and wild little fellow. It is having fun with its friends running, jumping and screaming. The effect on Max is not exactly that of a "sweet-spirited bedtime story to ease young ones to sleep."
The highlight of the book is without any doubt the page where the wombat shows how to make funny faces. Hilarious! In fact, I had considered taking the book to the office for therapeutic purposes.
In sum: A fun read with beautiful illustrations. Unfortunately it is not a board book. It is bound to suffer from a three-year-old's enthusiasm.
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(...) After a long day, it's a special book to read - the bright illustrations and joyful prose always make me smile.
A great gift book for expecting parents and young children. The book's happy prose willentice any child to play "wombat" and act out the story.
I read this to a preschool class and had them act out the story as I read it, ending with "curling up in a ball" for naptime. I could see doing this with a young child before naptime or bedtime.
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I bought this book after looking at it in a book store. I wanted a story that rhymed for my young son. But this book has more to offer than just rhymes. It is an adorable story about a young, playful wombat. He likes to race and make funny faces. The pictures are very nice as well. When I have to give a gift to expecting mothers or new babies, I often include this book because it's just so cute.
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By A Customer on August 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am currently studying to become an early childhood teacher, i purchased this book to use with my 3-5's.
I initially purchased it because i LOVED IT! The pictures captured my heart, and the words are large print,easy to read and great content, my 3-5's adore it as much as i do, and it will be a book i'll be keeping for my own chn!
HIGHLY reccomend, you wont regret it!
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A Kid's Review on March 20, 2004
Format: Board book
I've had this book since I was 4 months old and now that I'm one I still love it. It's the only book that makes me stop what I'm doing and listen (I'm usually very busy playing with my toys). My Mum and Dad use the lines in the book to calm me at night when I'm a little bit upset and it always works. Of all the books I own, this is my favourite.
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This has to be one of the all time best children's book out there! I am an elementary school teacher and I have seen a lot of children's books in my day. This past Christmas I went to a bookstore to buy a couple children's books for my niece. I was extremely sick and had lost my voice. Needless to say I was in no mood for shopping. I saw the book on the shelf from a distance. The picture on the cover immediately got my attention. I was reading the book in the store and laughing so hysterically with a horse voice that patrons around me started to stare. By the time I got to the last page I was crying, not from laughter but by the sentimental ending. One woman asked what book I was reading and I proceded to just "GUSH" about the book. I told my husband that he needed to buy ME the book or I wouldn't leave the store. The woman I had been talking to also wanted a copy but I had the only one in the store.

I have shared the book with my family, friends and collegues at school. EVERYONE LOVES IT AND BOUGHT A COPY! I have the other two book by the Illustrator, Charles Fuges. I LOVE THE WOMBAT and can't get enough of him. I have currently ordered the fourth addition to the LITTLE WOMBAT which will be released this August! I am sooooo excited!

THIS IS A MUST BUY! It can't help but put a smile on your face. CHARLES FUGE IS A GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This book has been perfect since my daughter was born. At 11 months she loved to copy the faces (sticking out her tongue) and now she's 18 months now and loves to point out all the animals. Plus it's my favorite!
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