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. Volume XVI Number 11. . . .November 13, 2009
Veteran picture book author Sharon Jennings has a number of works, such as Sleep Tight, Mrs. Ming and the storybook versions of many "Franklin the Turtle" television show episodes to her credit. Here, she teams up with illustrator Nora Hilb, who is also given credit for the concept for Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train.
In a series of double spreads, like images are put together along with a few simple descriptive lines. Beginning with:
Hilb's charming colour pencil pictures are paired with bold photographs, in this case a dazzling sun shining through cumulus clouds on the left, and a child with red and yellow crayons drawing his version of the sun on the right. Next comes
with a sleek diesel train facing a row of smiling children and their dog making their own "train." All of the words are carefully chosen, and the sharp photographs, most of them taken specifically for the book, are without exception striking. Hilb's drawings show happy children in every attitude of play. Whether you consider Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train poetry or story, this would be an excellent book for one-to-one sharing with a toddler, promoting lots of discussion about the activities depicted and the differences between the photos and the drawings. It could also be used in a group setting because, with all of its sound effects, it is custom made for a lively library or daycare storytime.
Ellen Heaney is Head of Children's Services at the New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, BC.
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