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Wiggles
2018
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Publishers Weekly Review
This addition to the TouchThinkLearn series of chunky, hands-on board books invites readers to trace shallow die-cut lines and shapes along the pages, by following lively and gently encouraging instructions: "Right finger takes the pink. Up, down. Up, down. Up, down! Fast, faster, wheeee!" Zucchelli-Romer suggests that small, die-cut circles are raindrops ("Pitter Patter Pitter Patter") and by tracing swooshing lines with their fingers, readers can "ride the waves." More complex die-cuts include swirling, bulls-eye patterns and free-form squiggles that beckon readers to "dance with your fingers." Baby-blue background pages and fluorescent pink, yellow, and green offer high contrast, while the kinetic design encourages readers to practice hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and to develop rhythm sense. Ages 2-4. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Review
If your fingers are ready to dance, then this is the book for you!On every page of this board book, children are instructed to use their fingers to follow cutout fluorescent tracks describing shapes that range from straight lines to squares to spirals. Readers will delight in the book's interactive nature and playful language: Zuchelli-Romer's buoyant narration, as adapted by Franceschelli, gleefully invites children to "wriggle," "wiggle," "twiddle," "twaddle," and, most importantly, "dance." While the text makes excellent use of onomatopoeia, as well as the second-person address, the book's design is uninspiring, using jarringly bright colors for the shapes and flat, white type against powder-blue backgrounds. Furthermore, pages that ask children to simultaneously use fingers on the right and left hands to follow complex shapes are too difficult for the age group of 2 to 4 suggested on the back cover. The book is more appropriate for ages 5 to 8 but may be a challenge to use in classroom or read-aloud settings.Overall, the design and developmental aspects of this book fall short of the promise of the engaging, rhythmic text. (Board book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary

Colourful, die-cut dots and playful, grooved paths encourage little fingers to move and explore in this latest TouchThinkLearn board book. In a format unlike any other, the groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn books offer the youngest learners an opportunity to explore in a hands-on, multi-sensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: These modes of perception combine to stimulate understanding of essential concepts.

Wiggles adds a new dimension to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn series, cementing the position of TouchThinkLearn as the premiere go-to line of creative, tactile learning titles.

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