Saturday, January 21, 2012

Children's Book Review: Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In a Ball

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up In a Ball
Written by: Vicki Churchill
Illustrated by:  Charles Fuge
Published by: Sterling, 2001
24 pages

Sometimes I like to curl up in a ball

So no one can see me

because I'm so small.

Little wombat spends a day doing favorite things--what could they be? Are they your favorites, too? Let's look and see! He especially enjoys walking around and around, and doing a pigeon step till he falls down. Or sticking out his pink tongue--and pulling funny faces (now that can be fun)! And maybe he'll jump just as high as he can, and see how much noise he will make when he lands. But when the day ends and the sun starts to fall...he goes back home to mama and curls into a ball. Good night! Soft-toned illustrations portray an endearing little wombat and the warm and friendly world around him--and every page is filled with charming details that stand up to repeat viewings: cute mice, rabbits and turtles peering from behind tall grass, marching pigeons, and a menagerie of other adorable animals. The images, along with the lyrically rhyming text, combine to make a sweet-spirited bedtime story to ease young ones to sleep.

* This is a short story told in rhyme about all the things that wombat likes to do.  (I think it's the first time my kids saw a picture (illustrated) of a wombat!)
The pictures of wombat and his friends are really cute and the kids enjoyed listening to this book.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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