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

4.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Sosnowski on October 21, 2004
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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This is my son's favorite book. He's 14 months old. For about 4 months now, he'll bring this book to me and ask me to read it sometimes 10 or 20 times a day. It really lends itself to dramatic reading, too. On the page about jumping, we'll bounce our leg or lift him up. On the yelling page, we'll yell part of it. It's a fun, funny book. It ends with the baby and mama snuggling, so we always end with a hug too.

I will say that I was tempted to give fewer stars because the pages of the book I got were stuck together pretty badly. I was going to send it back, but then my daughter ripped them apart to see what the stuck pages said, and I got resigned to keeping the damaged version. But still, I was pretty unhappy with that aspect.
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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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We received this book at a baby shower. Our son (8 months old) loves it! His eyes light up and his face breaks into a big smile when he sees it. He is at the stage where he likes turning pages in books more than listening to the story being read, but this is one book that he will sit and listen to.

The pictures are bright, colorful, and fun. The text is rhythmic without feeling forced. And so far, my husband & I have not tired of reading it to our son. (We've had the book for about 4 months now.)
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By MBW on July 26, 2013
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I purchased this book based on the good reviews. They do not lie. Both of my kids love this book. My 1 year old picks it up to read all of the time. In fact, it is the only one he will be still all of the way through. I don't know what it is about it, but it is great book.
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My little grandson is 5 months old, and he LOVES to be read too!! Of course he tries grabing the pages, but these books here are big and very attentive, where the grabbing isn't so bad!! Love the books!!
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