cover image Stretch


Doreen Cronin, , illus. by Scott Menchin. . S&S/Atheneum, $15.99 (40pp) ISBN 978-1-4169-5341-8

The highly kinetic canine hero of Wiggle and Bounce is back, this time showing off some yoga-style stretches and more: “Can you stretch to the ceiling? Can you stretch to the floor?” he asks, the words themselves stretching to fit over the rump of an elephant who is showing off his best downward-facing dog pose, as is the ebullient host. Later, he and a pudgy dog friend stretch together, standing on two exercise balls and, on another spread, he imagines: “If I were an astronaut, I'd stretch in outer space.” The opposite of a bedtime book, it seems more suited to preceding some afternoon play. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)