Wiggly, giggly preschoolers will love the action in this picture book with its catchy sequence of movements and directions -- hop up, bend down, spin round, jump over -- that are endlessly fun! A young boy and his energetic puppy take a walk in their neighborhood, where they encounter and interact with lots of friends along the way!
A hop is up. A bend is down. A spin is round and round and round. A jump is over, from here to there. A leap repeats when there's a pair.
Dempsey's poetic and playful text is brought to life by Richmond's rich, kid-friendly illustrations. It all comes together for an inspired story that will have everyone on their feet!
Kirkus Reviews (July 15, 2016)
A dog and child walk around their neighborhood.An adorable little white pup with black spots and a brownish patch over its eye nearly springs off the cover and into readers’ laps, setting the tone for the story within. The title page showcases the eager canine, leash in mouth, while the copyright and dedication spread feature the sprightly pooch already leaping along the sidewalk, its child trailing behind. Richmond’s ink, watercolor, and digital art creates a homey city with soft-colored brownstones, storefronts, and people of varying shades. The first page of text echoes the title, declaring, “a hop is up,” while the illustration shows the little white child holding the leash as the excitable canine hops on a gate. Observant readers will spy the reason for the dog’s hop, which becomes readily apparent in the next spread. Bicyclists, dancers, and others offer examples of direction, movement, and motion. Richmond highlights exemplifying characters with bold colors, favoring a more muted palette for background people and places. The charming, minimalist ball of furry energy is adorable in both form and exuberance (indeed, those paws rarely touch the ground!). A child of color protagonist would have been nice, but there are plenty of diverse skin tones in the supporting cast. Engaging art and attention to cadence and rhythm should make for a read-aloud winner. (Picture book. 2-4)
School Library Journal (July 1, 2016)
Toddler-PreS-Don't expect young audiences to sit still for this fun-filled trip around the neighborhood. This motion-packed miniadventure invites kids to hop, jump, slip, slide, boing, leap, and generally join in the fun as a young boy walks his dog around his culturally diverse neighborhood. In this book, each spread introduces some new form of action in an admirably simple turn of phrase with just enough silliness to capture its audience's imagination. While adults might ponder the meaning of "A boing-boing-boing is a skip-skip-skip," the preschool set will, with very little prodding, start boinging and skipping along. The illustrations are really what drive this exuberant tale, however. Starting with the opening endpapers, where a series of paw prints move up and to the right, the digitally created watercolor and ink drawings pull readers forward, just as the boy's dog pulls him along on their walk. Most of the illustrations are spreads, featuring an abundance of horizontal lines, all directing viewers' eyes to the next page. Cyclists pedal across the gutter, dancers leap from left to right, etc. A few well-placed exceptions provide visual spice. Characters and objects that define the central action are in bright, attention-grabbing colors, while everything else is grayed out in pastel tones. VERDICT Pair this book with Eric Carle's From Head to Toe and Doreen Cronin's Wiggle for an action-packed library workout. A recommended purchase for most libraries.-Eileen Makoff, P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School, NY