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Wild One

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Can you stretch like a cat or hang like a bat? This little one can do those things and so many more as she bounds energetically through her day.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published February 23rd 2018 by Pajama Press (first published November 1st 2017)
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Rita Evans
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won "Wild One" by Jane Whittingham in a Goodreads book give a way. I found it very cute with
very happy illustrations. I can't wait to give it to my Wild One. Thank you very much!
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Canadian librarian and writer Jane Whittingham (who you might know from the terrific review blog Raincity Jane) and Canadian illustrator Noel Tuazon have teamed up to bring readers the exuberant, fun and all-around winning picture book Wild One. Written in rhyming couplets- a form in picture books I absolutely adore when done fittingly - Wild One tells the story of a young girl's very busy, very active day, with actions mirroring those of animals. Accompanied by Noel Tuazon's soft yet sunny and
Ann Green
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this adorable picture book. While the heroine is a female, the fluid illustrations and fun activities she encounters during her day will appeal to everyone. The amusing rhymes and comparisons between children's actions, habits and different animals were on point and sometimes quite hilarious. I can easily see this book as a read aloud for toddlers at story time or a favorite bedtime treasure to be read over and over again. Thanks for the win of this super hardcover. It would m ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really sweet book recommended for 1-4 year olds. The comparisons between children's behaviour/actions and different animals were fun and silly. I liked it a lot, especially the illustrations!
Carrie Gelson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would make a perfect first baby gift or gift for young ones for repeated bedtime reading! Lovely combination of text and illustrations.
Lisa Day
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute book that shows one little girl's busy day. I loved the illustrations. I liked the heavy paper and the padded front cover as well.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This padded book with sturdy pages is one that is well suited to be read again and again, which is exactly what I think will happen in your home. It is the story of a little girl’s joyful trip to the playground and her adventures as she explores every activity.

I loved this delightful book for some many reasons.

- The joy I found on every page - especially on the little girl’s face
- Children spending a day outside and being a “wild one”
- The delightful illustrations
- The similes. For example: “s
Bringing to mind Max from the classic Where the Wild Things Are, this picture book follows a female version of that energetic and imaginative youngster as she makes her way through her day. After an exhausting day of mimicking several animals and moving through various terrain, she finally conks out and sleeps as soundly as a bear might while hibernating. The watercolor and ink illustrations contain much action and show two exhausted parents, loving their wild one but somewhat relieved to have h ...more
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. #partner #kidlitexchange

This sweet little bedtime story is perfect for the “wild one” in your life! Told in a rhyming form, this story follows a little girl on a happy trip to the park. The author uses clever comparisons between the little girl’s playtime actions and familiar animals. Once the reader reaches the end, we learn who the most special Wild one of all is, and end with a calming bedtime m
Is it a book to start the day, preparing for a "wild" day, or to end it as a tired child, remembering all the wonderful things that happened. In poetry quatrains, Jane takes the 'wild one' in all the wonderful things that can happen in a day – hanging from the monkey bars, sliding down a slide, swimming. But Jane takes each action and compares it to an animal, like 'swimming like a guppy' or 'hopping like a hare' (at bedtime). All the way through the day, until finally, sleep comes, this little ...more
This fun picture book will have young readers ready to go outside and have fun being wild. The little girl has a busy day playing in the park, swimming in the pool, and eating dinner at home. In each situation, bouncy rhyming text and brightly colored illustrations show her stretching like a cat in the grass, hanging like a bat on the monkey bars, swimming like a guppy in the pool. At the end of the day, she's all tuckered out and sleeps like a bear. This would be a fun way to talk about similes ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This picture book follows a young girl through her busy day, showing how her different actions resemble animal behaviors, whether stretching like a cat or clapping like a seal. The action words create ample opportunities for storytime audiences to get up and move, although some actions may be harder to imitate than others (ex: hanging like a bat). I do like how the narration is in rhymed couplets (Ex: "Wild one, in the park, stretching like a cat./ Wild one, on monkey bars, hanging like a bat.") ...more
A wild little girl goes through her day pretending to be various animals as she plays. Short, simple. Would be a good addition to a kinetic storytime (where you have the kids act out the words with you). Not much of a story here, so be sure to pair it with something more involved, but a good selection for a large, wiggly group, particularly if they skew younger.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book a bit ago and would have sworn I wrote a review! Well, danged if I can find it anywhere! I thought this book was fun. It was an account of a child's day filled with running around, using their imagination and just having a blast being a kid! Boundless energy! Loved the illustrations, too! So exuberant!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-books
Lovely illustrations, fun, sweet story comparing a child as she goes through her day to different animals. She stretches like a cat, claps like a seal, bounds like a puppy, sleeps like a bear and more.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pbf-general
A little girl acts like various animals throughout her day. It has sort of scribbly, but exuberant, watercolor and ink illustrations. Perfect for toddlers and young pre-school children. First published in Canada.
Asha McKay
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keith
Very fast read. The beautiful artwork depicts the minimal and descriptive words allowing children to let their imaginations roam. I hope that the next time my kid is at the park he’ll be inspired to play more creatively.

This book would be suitable for ages 2-6.
Sheri Radford
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
A sweet, charming picture book about a little girl who acts like all the different wild animals. The rhyming text pairs well with the lovely illustrations.
Cheriee Weichel
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
I can imagine my little grand children being wild like this when they are a bit older.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely watercolor and ink illustrations and great use of similes.
Kristina Jean Lareau
A delightful, rhyming read along title that conveys movement and imagination through dynamic watercolors.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great for 2s and 3s ST.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very quick read and a neat little story.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Absolutely delightful!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a celebration of being a "wild one" when you're little.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My toddler is definitely a wild one so this book was really fun to read. I highly recommend this one!
Basically a book about A. Loved. Great art and active message.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute picture book that promotes imaginative play. Great for toddlers and preschoolers.
Mandy Robek
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the simple text of a child enjoying play and the examples of figurative language for early readers to process.
Very simple text with lots of potential movement and involvement for the toddlers.
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Jane Whittingham is a picture book author, librarian, blogger and all-around book lover. She is passionate about cats, tea, sushi and travel. She is the author of Wild One (2017), A Good Day for Ducks (2018) and Queenie Quail Can't Keep Up (2019). You can catch up on all things Jane at her website, ...more

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