Are You Ticklish? by Sam McKendry (2006, Board Book)

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Do not try tickling these animals away from home

May 9, 2012
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Pros:Interactive; rhythmic text; bright illustrations

Cons:Absence of domesticated animal; "stylish" crocodile?

The Bottom Line: Little ones can have so much fun with this book, stopping to tickle the bellies of each new animal.

"In the mysterious jungle the lion is king,
But have you wondered this one little thing...
Are lions ticklish?
Yes! Lions are ticklish!"

You might be surprised to know that not only are lions ticklish, but so are elephants, zebras, monkeys and crocodiles.  If you don't believe me, just try it with Are You Ticklish? A Touch & Tickle Book by Sam McKendry.

This is a very simple board book with only 5 two-page spreads.  Each one has a little rhyme like the one above asking the reader/listener if they've ever thought about this or that animal being ticklish.  The last two lines of each rhyme are repetitive, replacing only the type of animal.  They are not something that a child would come in contact with outside of a zoo which, I believe, is the point of wondering.  Had I written this book, however, I would have included an opening rhyme that involved a pet, something children could associate with, before moving on to wonder about wild animals.  That inclusion would have also rounded out the book nicely since it ends by saying it was fun to meet all of them, but are YOU ticklish.  Opening, the flap of a tent, we see a giggling child below the text "Yes! I am ticklish!"  I also might have attempted to find something to say about the crocodile other than it having its own sense of style.

Being a "touch and tickle" book, small sections of each animal are either "fur" or something textured, as with the crocodile and elephant.  Little ones can have so much fun with this book, stopping to tickle the bellies of each new animal and then saying, "Yes! (Insert animal name here) are ticklish!" right along with the adult reading.  It makes for a very interactive experience and encourages children to know what comes next.  This type of repetition will help with both word recognition and memorizing. 

The illustrations by Melanie Mitchell are cute, nothing special but bright and appealing.  She is apparently known for her "touch and feel" artwork because she's done several similar books by different about repetitive.

The book we have is of the board book variety, but Are You Ticklish is also available in hardcover and in a bilingual version.  Have you tickled a wild animal today?

Recommend this product? Yes

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