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THUMPY FEET by Betsy  Lewin Kirkus Star

THUMPY FEET

by Betsy Lewin ; illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2901-1
Publisher: Holiday House

Anyone who has ever known and loved a cat will be instantly captivated by Lewin’s fun-loving feline creation.

Thumpy Feet, a friendly orange cat with big green eyes and a goofy grin, stares out from the front cover and pulls listeners into his simple and simply delightful world. His everyday activities will be familiar to cat owners, but they also closely parallel the pastimes and preoccupations of preschoolers. Basically, there’s food, play, sleep and more play, with a bit of postprandial grooming slipped in. Lewin’s language is rhythmic and imaginative, from her hero’s galumphing approach (“Thumpy thumpy thumpy thump thumpy”) through his appreciative discovery of a full bowl (“MMMMMMmmmmmm Foodie food!”) and a sweet “snoozy snooze” to the final “LOOKY LOOK!” that leads him off the page and out of the story, chasing a ball of red yarn. Several words per page appear in varying colors and locations to complement Lewin’s energetic and expressive watercolors. The focus remains on Thumpy Feet throughout—he stretches, pounces and poses in each double-page spread, outlined in black against a white background. The few details—a food bowl, a blue stuffed mouse that serves as both plaything and pillow, and that bouncing ball of yarn—provide context and additional appeal.      

Chock-full of personality and charm, Thumpy Feet will be warmly welcomed by readers everywhere. (Picture book. 2-6)