Dec 4, 2011


by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins

This is one of the picture-book duds I brought home. The cover of  Move!is really attractive- it has one of those pictures that shift when you tilt it (is there a term for that? can someone tell me?) Inside, each spread describes how a pair of animal moves (walking, swimming, floating, diving, running, etc) and then one of the animals continues to the next pair on the following spread. For example, on one page a snake climbs a tree, alongside a praying mantis climbing a grass stem. On the next spread, the mantis is flying, next to a roadrunner also flying. It's a wonderful example of how different animals use the same methods of getting around. The illustrations by Steve Jenkins, done with cut paper are full of different textures, and just beautiful.

So why doesn't she like it? My seven-month-old only wants to look at the cover, once I start reading she squirms and complains and turns away. I've tried the book on her three times now, and she just doesn't want to sit through it. (It's not just the moment, either; I've picked up another book right after and she sat quiet for that one, happily patting the pages). I think part of the problem is that the concept is a bit advanced for her. I'm thinking she'd be more interested when she's two or three, able to jump and run with her own body, interested in imitating the animals. Just not there yet. And I think by the time she is at that point, she won't be interested in board books anymore. It would be nice if there was a regular, paper version of this one to share with an older child.

rating: 2/5 ........ 32 pages, 2009

a note: I've been listing the picture books in my index here by the illustrator's name, not the author's. Because to me, the illustrations are almost more important in a children's picture book. It's certainly what I look for when I'm trying to find new books to share with my kids.


bermudaonion said...

The concept is good - too bad it missed the target age group.

Jenny said...

What, holograms? Extra fancy holograms? I think I know the kind of picture you're talking about but I can't think of what to call it either.

Jeane said...

Bermudaonion- Yeah. I think it would be better printed for older kids, is all.

Jenny- only the cover was fancy. The rest of the illustrations normal. I'm not sure holograms is the right term- doesn't that just apply to the 3-D looking images?

Chandra said...

I am a HUGE Steve Jenkins fan! I haven't read this one, but I hope you'll give more of his books a chance as your little girl gets older. Our favorites are: Never Smile at a Monkey, Down, Down, Down, & Actual Size. Fabulous books!!

Jeane said...

Chandra- I do hope to give it a try again someday. I think my daughter will like it more when she's older. I certainly loved the illustrations myself!