Fidgety Feet! Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
LOTS OF PURPLE FEET.
WHO'S DANCING THAT CREEPITY BEAT?
CATERPILLAR DANCING ON CREEPITY FEET.
Dancing, prancing, stomping, clomping--all come naturally to animals--and to kids. When kids need something fun but controlled to give their fidgety feet something to do, Lindsey Craig's brand-new Dancing Feet! (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010) is a boisterous, bouncing book just right for those times. Ladybug, elephant, duck, caterpillar, and lizard feet are all presented first, going tippety, stompity, slappity, creepity, and clickety, giving the kids a chance to guess whose feet are dancing to that beat, concluding with kid feet stepping out to their very own beat:
WHO'S THAT DANCING TO THAT BEAT?
WE ARE DANCING TO THAT BEAT.
Marc Brown, who gave us all those awesome Arthur picture books, videos, and the award-winning PBS cartoon series, dedicates his fresh colored paper collages here to the notable creators of the style, Leo Lionni and Eric Carle, and Brown's simple but subtle use of this medium gives Craig's text great verve and movement. In softly muted shades of oranges, golds, reds, greens, and purples, using familiar geometrical shapes, his animals have both texture and substance and a sense of joyous bounce perfect for preschoolers who need to move and groove.
Pair this one with Doreen Cronin's Bounce and Wiggle (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) (see my reviews here) for an audience-participation storytime session that will energize all!