Children’s Picture Book Review – Busy Feet
Written by Marcia Berneger
Illustrated by Susanna Chapman
(Starry Forest Books; $14.99, Ages 0-3)
Do you know a child with busy feet? The kind of feet that never miss the chance to dance, run or jump? Then take a look at Marcia Berneger and Susanna Chapman’s new picture book Busy Feet.
Berneger’s created a lively, interactive read-aloud that invites participation from even the littlest of readers.
Feet wake up,
time to play.
out all day!
From the moment they wake until bedtime arrives, these bustling, busy feet can be found moving every which way at home, in the park, and at the beach. Most scenes include a pair of freckled feet and a pair of brown feet and in one spread there’s also a friend in a wheelchair getting into the groove. An added precious pup’s appearance joining in the activities is an added treat for animal lovers. There are occasional glimpses of faces, but in keeping with the title, the illustrations focus primarily on the feet which makes reading all the more fun. It’s an entertaining perspective to share and just right for this story.
Chapman’s swirling art uses vibrant colors that add even more energy to Berneger’s upbeat rhyme of opposites. This book shouts read me loud and read me at story time so I can get up off the floor and mimic everything the characters in the story do. In fact, when I asked Berneger (Full disclosure: she’s a friend) what her 2-year-old grandson thinks of Busy Feet she excitedly replied that he loves it and asks for it every time he visits. So, whether it’s up the slide or down, fast or slow, Busy Feet will make children ready to go, go, go! Oh, and don’t miss looking under the book jacket for a little surprise!
- Reviewed by Ronna Mandel