Indie rock musician and author/illustrator Harrington appropriately combines his musical and artistic skills in this creative take on such music and movement games as “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
In an exuberantly interactive style, young readers are directed by a miscellany of cute animals to wave their hands, tug their ears, shrug their shoulders, touch their noses, blink their eyes, kiss, and touch tummies, simply because “I think every little bit of you is yummy, yummy, yummy!” In strong, simple rhyming format, Harrington connects body parts to actions in a way that will have even grown-ups jumping and jiving. The last page teaches the “Yummy Dance” with simple graphic diagrams. The bold, brightly colored digital illustrations tend to brashness and a simplicity verging on monotony. This tendency is alleviated by humorous touches such as the wacky collection of shoes on the centipede’s feet and the funny, warm connections between the animals in the illustrations: a tiger lavishly licks her cub, and two penguins charmingly press a balloon to their ample tummies.
A nifty way to get preschoolers up and moving, made even more effective by the accompanying music (available for download from the publisher). (Picture book. 2-4)