TICKLE TUM! by Nancy van Laan


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Age Range: 1 - 5
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With exuberant verse, Van Laan (When Winter Comes, 2000, etc.) cheerfully turns supper into child’s play. Mealtime has never been such fun as a rabbit mother and her tot frolic their way through a meal. The doting mother uses rollicking rhymes and games to alternately entertain and coax her little one to eat. With an ebullient blend of nonsense words and bouncy word play, Van Laan’s jolly verses are just right for little ears. “Tippa tip tat / slinga finga bat / peas roll across the floor, / pounce goes the cat!” Classic dinner games such as choo-choo train, here-comes-the-bird, and the old-fashioned chin chopper are included, as well as a few new ones packed with toddler-pleasing silliness. Pons’s gleeful illustrations capture the loving fun of mother and child. Soft-hued watercolors feature the rabbit duo happily engaged in mealtime messiness. Human children will instantly recognize familiar minutiae of childhood in the young bunny’s house, from the wooden highchair to the lidded sippy cup. The sprightly pace, combined with Pons’s oversized, cleanly drawn illustrations make this an ideal read-aloud for the toddler and preschool set. Whether or not they will actually consume their meals as a result of this rambunctious tale remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Van Laan’s culinary escapade is sure to leave them smiling. (Picture book. 1-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-689-83143-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2001


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