Reviews for Stretch

Booklist Reviews 2009 May #2
"The potbellied canine from Wiggle (2005) and Bounce (2007) learns a new move in this colorful definition (and redefinition) of the word stretch. The book couldn't have a more appropriate kickoff: strapped into a lavender leotard, our doggie narrator leads a mixed-species yoga session, complete with the trembling feet/paws/claws of the various students. Then it's off to the races, as the dog darts through various scenarios: "I can stretch underwater, / I can stretch on a wave. / I can stretch on a surfboard if I'm very, very brave." Fine, sharp illustrations of the dog and other animals are combined with photographic elements such as peacock feathers and ocean waves, and the result is playful and wildly colorful. The text, meanwhile, reacts differently to each setting, shrinking or ballooning or tilting as the situation decrees. The stretch (and eventual pop) of a bubblegum bubble provides a climax of sorts, but it's the endpapers of the dog contorted in endless yoga positions that proves to be the book's comic highlight." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Accompanied by animal friends and props, a dog demonstrates different ways to stretch, from yoga poses to yawns. The text's bouncy rhythm will rouse preschoolers to get up and try each pose, with the bright colors and playful design of the digitally colored pen-and-ink illustrations energizing listeners anew after each page turn. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 July #1

The highly kinetic canine hero of Wiggle and Bounce is back, this time showing off some yoga-style stretches and more: "Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor?" he asks, the words themselves stretching to fit over the rump of an elephant who is showing off his best downward-facing dog pose, as is the ebullient host. Later, he and a pudgy dog friend stretch together, standing on two exercise balls and, on another spread, he imagines: "If I were an astronaut, I'd stretch in outer space." The opposite of a bedtime book, it seems more suited to preceding some afternoon play. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

PreS--The energetic dog from Wiggle (2005) and Bounce (2007, both S & S) has returned with a tale to stretch readers' imaginations. Children are invited to extend arms, legs, lungs, and even vocal chords as the dog bounds from page to page. Playful rhyming text is complemented by pen-and-ink illustrations with digital color and photographic elements on clean, uncluttered backgrounds. There is no doubt that the dog is the star, though other animals appear in supporting roles: "Stretch up high for a snack in the trees" shows the pup on a giraffe as it reaches for an apple. As the dog and a friend chisel a large stone sculpture of a dog, the text reads, "If you stretch me and I stretch you…/we'll stretch twice as far…/Who knows what we can do?" The sky is the limit with this engaging read-aloud.--Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

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