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Tumble Me Tumbily Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

Baicker's first book bursts with the endless exuberance of toddlerhood, from wake-up ("I am awake!/ I'm awake all the way./ Waked up to stay up/ and wake up the day!") to snuggle-down. Invitingly designed-thanks to Williams's (Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck) ingenuity-to resemble a play in three acts, the volume opens with stage curtains parted to reveal a bombardment of babies, bear cubs, bunnies and balls in stripes, stars and nursery colors, indicating wake-up and playtime. A stage brimming with dancing cups, a bowl filled with babies of all skin tones and giant flying spoons starts the mealtime-themed second act; and winged cherubs and infants tucked into pea pods help the audience wind down. Williams begins with the image of a toddler waking his or her human mother and ends with a human mother nestling her child at bedtime, but the intervening pages picture babies gallivanting with bears and bunnies. A classic game to get baby to eat, for instance, becomes fodder for a wild fantasy: "Toot toot!/ Choo-choo/ Coming down/ the track,/ Pretzel, cracker/ tummy packer/ bringing me my snack" accompanies an animated freight train as it delivers fruits and other goodies. Baicker's joyful wordplay combined with Williams's imaginative spreads ensure that toddlers will plead for repeat performances. Ages 1-4.
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Cuddly animals and a parade of appealing toddlers bounce their way through playtime, lunch, and bedtime in a lively presentation. Full of playful and rhythmic imagery, the text is just right for reading aloud: "Giggle greens and silly beans/jump up to the sky,/Dance and tumble,/apple crumble, fill-my-belly pie." Occasionally, readers have to work a bit to get the meter just right, but for the most part, the words flow easily. Buoyant illustrations bring in playful teddy bears, elephants, and other animals that join various children in the activities. Soft-focus outlines, rounded shapes, and bright, but gentle colors create a warm and engaging fantasy world. Each of the three sections is introduced with a full-color spread, complete with theater curtains that effectively announce the changing scenes. The rest of the illustrations are set off neatly against white background, with varied layouts and text placements that match the energy of the story. In the third part, "Snuggle Me Snuggly," the previously animated figures become more settled and peaceful, as the rhyme winds down to bedtime. The sense of fun and imagination shown by both author and artist should guarantee an appreciative audience.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929766610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929766611
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lines from this delightful book instantly wriggled their way into my family's vocabulary. My daughter begs, "Snuggle me snuggly!" when she's tired. And of course she opts for the title "Tumble me tumbly!" as well as "scoop me up, swoop me up" when she's feeling boisterous. This is a lovely book, with bouncy fun-to-read language, appealing illustrations, and a warm emotional tone that's bound to make it as much a favorite at your house as it is at mine. Warning though: buy two copies - your first one is likely to wear out before your kid is done with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "margieruth" on November 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of book that elicits cries of "again, again" as soon as you are finished reading it. Fortunately, it belongs to the small subcategory of "again, again" books that are palatable for adults even after the first 10 or 15 readings. That's because the language is surprising, creative and just plain fun. Also, I find the concept of a book "narrated" by a toddler incredibly charming. I would not be surprised if this became another "Goodnight, Moon."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 18 month old daughter absolutely loves this book, but I have to admit, I do too! The pictures are so sweet and soft, but they still capture her imagination. She loves this book. We read it every night before bed, and I never get sick of it. The verses are fun and creative, and she loves hearing about "grape jelly and giggle belly".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Therese on September 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Little listeners will be dragging this book out again and again asking "Read to me!" Hearing "Tumble Me Tumbily" read aloud is a joyful treat. The illustrations adorable! A perfect baby gift book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Tate on March 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best baby book EVER. My kids love the rhymes. I read it over and over again. This should go in every baby gift like Goodnight Moon so often does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Zwick on August 14, 2007
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I find the language annoying but the pictures are charming and keep my interest for the thousands of times I have read this. My almost-2-year-old daughter loves it so much that I'm buying it because I can no longer keep checking it out from the library. Even though I know it by heart, she still needs to know that the actual book is there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Morales on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful story to read aloud. It is very lyrical, with a sing-song quality and clever, fun rhymes. There is one section about getting up, one section on mealtime, and another on bedtime. All are wonderful, and are available separately as three boardbooks. My boys are now 3 and 5, and this is still a favorite in our home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MGP on February 5, 2008
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Originally picked this up at the library. The illustrations are soft and tender and whimsical at the same time. The rhythm of the text when read aloud is joyful and soothing. The book is divided into three sections, which I find unnecessary and a little choppy in flow, but a great book for bedtime or quiet time nonetheless.
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