What begins as a playful game of fetch between a boy and his dog turns into a wild goose chase that springs from one page to the next in this perfect read-aloud.
Giggle and wiggle along with the animals!
The text is a rhyme of animal sounds and movements; the story is in the pictures.
Ask "what's happening in this picture?" as you turn the pages.
Library Journal ...A tight textual rhythm is satisfying and will spark a conversation between the reader and viewer.
Reviews ...A bright-eyed and bouncy pup yowls for joy waiting to play ball with its young owner.
But as the game of fetch begins, the "paw-paw pitter-patter" of a tiger cat creeps onto the page. DePalma has created a syncopated soundscape of animal noises as the puppy chases the cat
past a host of other wildlife....
Full of energy and zip, this is a good example of onomatopoeia, well complemented
by the engaging pictures and heartfelt story. (Picture book. 3-7)
Publisher's Weekly DePalma (Uh-Oh!) offers a festive exercise in free association, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Spare, gently comedic watercolors tell the story: a boy and his dog are playing fetch ("bow-wow/ wiggle-waggle/ yip-yap/ yowl!") when a cat appears ("paw-paw/ pitter-patter.../ meow!/ growl!"),
and a multianimal ruckus ensues...
It's a fun read-aloud, but not a quiet one: preschoolers will be easily drawn into the book's verbal energy. Ages 3–7.
The words in the book look like they sound. Try this at home with pencils, crayons, markers and some fun words!
I am sorry that all of our red balls have bounced, I cannot sent you one! But you can still get the book--ask for it at your local bookstore or library.
CuriousCity made a StoryWalk of Bow-Wow-Wiggle-Waggle, available at the Portland ME Public Library.
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