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The More the Merrier

David Martin, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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Get ready to move! Everyone is invited as Bear, Moose, and a medley of forest animals join in an impromptu dance—each in their own way.

Stepping high,
galumphing low,
leaping fast,
wiggling slow.

“I like your moves. But I’m not like you. So I’ll just do what I can do.” Some like to kick their feet and bend their knees to the music. Others prefer to slip and slide . . . or swoop down . . . or skip high and low! Whatever their style, children will be drawn by David Martin’s buoyant rhymes and Raissa Figueroa’s vibrant illustrations as Bear, Moose, Snake, and other forest animals dance to their own groove in a rhythmic celebration of individuality.

Praise For The More the Merrier

In this fanciful romp of cartoon creatures in a whimsical forest setting with fantasy colors, boldly painted mixed-media joins a light-filled painted background, while small hidden creatures peek out to watch along forest paths. . . . perfectly suited to younger readers or an interactive story time where everyone is encouraged to join in the fun.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

The infectious beat of the rhyming text and repetition of phrases like, “I’m not like you, / So I’ll just do what I can do,” sets up an energetic, predictable pattern ideal for reading aloud. Set against a bucolic, impressionistic woodland background, the loosely rendered, amusing, dynamic illustrations echo this pattern as the creatures (despite the seeming limitations of their various physiques) perform signature interpretive dances with inspired, fluid, free-spirited abandon across double-page spreads until they all collapse in a merry heap. Joyous, upbeat, toe-tapping, hip-swinging, high-stepping fun.
—Kirkus Reviews

Candlewick, 9781536209181, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

About the Author

David Martin has written many books for children, including the Peep and Ducky books, illustrated by David Walker. He is also the author of All for Pie, Pie for All, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, and Christmas Tree and Hanukkah Lights, both illustrated by Melissa Sweet. David Martin lives in Vermont.

Raissa Figueroa is the illustrator of several books, including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book We Wait for the Sun, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe. She enjoys hiking, trying out restaurants, and binge-watching new series. She lives in California.