"TWIST WITH A BURGER, JITTER WITH A BUG" by Linda Lowery

"TWIST WITH A BURGER, JITTER WITH A BUG"

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lowery (Laurie Tells, 1994, etc.) folds a drumbeat into her book about all kinds of high-stepping. The seven huffing-and-puffing lines featuring dance words all conform to the same rhythmic pattern: ""Boogie in the bathtub,/hula-hula dance,/Rumba if you wanna in your underpants."" This pattern--in which the first line in the rhyme is broken into two short phrases, while the second line is kept long--is the beloved form of rap. These rhymes, packed with spondees, demand a hearing out loud, with the emphasis on ""loud."" Last seen in Christine Loomis's One Cow Coughs (1994), Dypold's illustrations--bright and colorful cut-paper collages on a white background--are daringly decentered in compositions that capture gestures rather than details and never fall out of step with the rhymes. Others have filled the pages with dance verbs and demonstrations; this particular treatment is modern and original.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1995
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin