One of my hopes in spending time in New York is to get to know more authors and illustrators personally and soak in the scene. Judging by coffee shop conversations and sneeky over-the-shoulder laptop snooping in Brooklyn, every other person I meet here is hoping to hit the NYT bestseller list some day! Anyhow, recently I had the pleasure of meeting a gifted creative couple, Ted and Besty Lewin, who have been prolific in picture book writing and illustrating for decades. I reviewed one of their recent books, Puffling Patrol, in August, and making their acquaintance sent me straight off to the Brooklyn library for more.
Written and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Published by Aethenium Books for Young Readers, July 6 2010
Ages: 18 months – 4
Themes: Cats, stories in rhyme, pets, daytime & nighttime
Reviewed from library copy
Everyone knows where Tippy Toes is
when the sun is up and the day is his.
The Mouse in his hole knows the soft pit pat…
of Tippy Toes’s step on his welcome mat.
Everyone can see what the rascally, orange kitty, Tippy Toes, gets up to during the daylight hours – sneaking up on mouse holes, snoozing in dresser drawers etc. But no one knows where he heads once the sky is dark and the moon is up. Where is Tippy Toes? Who might know his nighttime escapades?
Why I like this book:
- strong cadence
- sturdy die-cut pages and flaps for great toddler appeal
- repetition…. “but nobody knows where Tippy Toes goes…”
- great predictive text
- endearing protagonist
- surprise ending
- big, bold, bright water color illustrations
- not too long for toddlers
This is a fabulous example of a story that will appeal from babyhood onward. Very young children will recognize flower, cat, mouse etc and participate in the physical interactivity of this story.
The story really lends itself to prediction and maybe a discussion with slightly older children about nocturnal animals and what they get up to.
Peekaboo moments will abound with toddler.
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