Born to MOOOVE! Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle
TOMMY'S GOTTA BOP!
TOMMY'S GOTTA STOP!
Timmy never gets tired. But his parents do.
One moment he's an elephant. Then he's an antelope. He's in constant motion.
Even his sister can't take it any longer.
"HE BELONGS IN A ZOO!" SHE COMPLAINS.
The family tries to tire Tommy out. No one can keep up with Tommy, so they take turns with jumping jacks, jogging, mowing the lawn.
Tommy is still in motion. Sis sarcastically suggests inciting Tommy to run away from home.
Active sports are advised. Swimming? Softball?
"TAP CLASS!" SAYS SIS.
Tap dancing? TAP DANCING? Mom and Dad are dubious. But...
After a little instruction in shuffles, flaps, turns, and ball-changes and it's obvious.
TOMMY'S GOT TALENT!
In Tim Federle's Tommy Can't Stop! (Hyperion Books, 2015), the family finds a way to, er, tap Tommy's urge to move in an organized way. Mark Fearing's kinetic Tommy, a mop-topped bobble-head of a perpetual motion machine, shines through the fun of this story of a non-stop tot who learns to move with his own groove.