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Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle
By Mary Newell DePalma
Eerdmans 2012

ISBN# 978-0-8028-5408-7















One of Bank Street College's Best Children's Books 2013


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. The cat leaps over a stream, along with a frog ("Hip Hop!/ ribbet-ribbet/ splish-splish/ splash!") and scurries into shrubbery, from which a snake emerges ("Hiss! Hiss!/ slither-slither slip,/ sink slide"). The dog's enthusiasm morphs into sadness when it realizes it has lost both the boy and the cat ("sag, flag/ sniffle-snuffle/ sputter/ bawl"), but a reunion isn't far away. Set against a pleasing balance of white space and peaceful greenery, DePalma's delicate artwork is clean and fresh; the excitable, wide-eyed dog is the star of the show and exudes the most personality as it bounds after the cat, stares at a squirrel, and tumbles joyfully with its owner in the closing scene. 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. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/11/2012


Kirkus Reviews
A game of fetch with a brown spotted dog turns into a wild pursuit that passes by a rhythmic cacophony of animals along the way.

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 othe r wildlife. The book seems like two stories in one--a wordless picture book depicting the chase, and a tongue-twisting play on animal noises. For example, 'TWITCH_TWITCH shiver, quiver nibble BLINK/ dart, dash scatter chatter scamper wink" describes rabbits and squirrels that watch as the action runs by. Though punctuation is sparse, the text is printed in different types and colors to match the sounds. Luckily, the watercolor illustrations propel the story's action forward. The scenery shows the chase through field, stream and forest, with the boy lagging farther and farther behind. the storyline is easy to see, as the boy and his hyperactive dog are finally reunited after the chase ends.

Full of energy and zip, this is a good example of onomatoopoeia, well complemented by the engaging pictures and heartfelt story. (Picture book. 3-7) Reviewed on June 1, 2012
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