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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Each page of this board book features a different animal performing an action, such as an elephant swinging her trunk or a snake shaking his rattle. There is a hole cut all the way through the book from beginning to end, so that the reader can use their finger to "help" the animal perform the action being described. For example, a finger that is wiggling back and forth becomes the elephant's swinging trunk. This is an interactive board book for young audiences.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 5
Age of Child: Read with an 11-month-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter absolutely adores this book! She generally loves interactive books, so I wasn't surprised that this was a big hit with her. It is so different from any other book she has seen, so sharing it was really exciting for her.
The first time we read it, she smiled and laughed as my finger made the various motions described in the book, and when we were finished she wanted me to read the book several more times. With a bit of encouragement, she took a turn putting her finger through the hole, but I think older toddlers and preschoolers would probably enjoy doing that more than a child her age.
Adult Reader Reaction: I really enjoyed this book because it is so unique--really unlike any other book that I read with my daughter. I love how interactive it is and how I get to do a bit of acting to help tell the story.
Pros: Wiggle is a unique, engaging book that is fun for kids and grown-ups. It is also really sturdy - which is important for this audience!
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book is worth buying because it will likely be a favorite and can be enjoyed over and over again, with different readers acting out the story in slightly different ways. Even when children get past the typical board book age, I think they would still enjoy using their finger to tell the story. We have already bought a copy!
Educational Themes: Children can learn the names of animals and some animal body parts.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.