Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Paul Zelinsky‘s Knick Knack Paddy Whack is, quite simply, the best pop-up book we’ve found in ages, even in the form of a battered library copy missing many of its (torn and mutilated) mechanicals. Pull a tab and the little man pops up to drum on the boy’s knee, skate across his thumb, you name it, with a special “lift the flap” on every page in which the dog gets the bone. Zelinsky’s Wheels on the Bus is good, but Knick Knack Paddy Whack is better, and it’s a crime that the publisher has let it go out of print. Even James’ dad has declared it “the best number-training book money can buy,” and with the rare plastic-wrapped, untouched copy selling for hundreds of dollars on amazon, that’s no small compliment. The dancing number orchestra at the end with the clapping, foot-tapping boy is a sight to behold. Giggle factor: high. Adult enjoyment: what’s not to like? Mechanicals: five jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on August 24, 2010.

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