Tickle, Tickle! Itch, Twitch!

Citation: Olson, J. (2010). Tickle, tickle! itch, twitch! New York: Marshall Cavendish Children. Tickle, Tickle, Itch Twitch

Ages: 2 – 5

Grades: PreK – K

Description: Tickle, Tickle! Itch, Twitch! is the story of Gus the groundhog, who loves spending summer days lazily sitting in the shade. One day, Gus gets an itch, and it must be scratched! Little does Gus know, a mouse tickling his back with a flower caused the itch. The story follows Gus as he tries to use various objects to scratch his back, but they aren’t what they seem. Gus grabs a stick that is actually a snake and so on and so forth.  

Uses:  The repetitive structure of Tickle, Tickle! Itch, Twitch! makes it ideal for preschool and family storytimes. The repeating phrases allow children to get involved with the telling of the story, and to predict what will happen next.  Incorporating movement with this story will require a bit more creativity from teachers and librarians.  During the story, librarians/teachers can ask children to move and act like the different animals Gus encounters. They can also get participants scratch their backs and stretch, or, parents can tickle baby’s toes, fingers, etc.

Review Sources:

Tickle, Tickle! Itch, Twitch!. (2010). Kirkus Reviews, 78(19), 1003.

Van Marel, L. (2010). Tickle, Tickle! Itch, Twitch!. School Library Journal, 56(12):87.

Search Terms: animals, mice


Citation: Calmenson, S., & Degen, B. (2008). Jazzmatazz! New York, NY: HarperCollins Childrens Books. jazzmatazz

Ages: 2-8

Grades: PreSchool – Grade 2

Description: With rhyming text, Calmenson tells the story of what happens when a piano playing mouse enters into a house on a cold, winter’s day.  Eventually, the piano playing mouse has the whole family, then the whole town making music. The characters dance, sing, and fiddle throughout the town, and throughout the book.

Use:The rhyming and sing-song nature of the text makes Calmenson’s Jazzmatazz! a great storytime option. The book can be used as part of a larger program about music and/or dance. Teachers and librarians can read the book, then give students instruments, so they can parade around and dance to their own music.  Teachers and librarians can also play jazz music for students to dance along.

Review Sources:

Kirkus Reviews. (2007). Jazzmatazz! [Review of the book Jazzmatazz!]. Kirkus Reviews, 75(23):1243

Hutley, Krista. (2008). Jazzmatazz! [Review of the book Jazzmatazz}. Booklist, 104 (9/10):94.

Dean, Kara. (2008). Jazzmatazz! [Review of the book Jazzmatazz!] School Library Journal,  54(3):155

Tags: animals, mice, jazz, children, dance