Stomp! is an engaging story, but a loud one and not a tale to be read before bed. Hosting no main characters, the story, itself, is instead the main focus – a fun rhyme is the premise for getting people of all ages and abilities to stomp around, in a variety of different ways (like you’re riding a horse!). The story is devoid of a set narrator; instead, the reader admonishes listeners to “stomp up and down as you follow me” (p. 6). Requests for actions are given: “Stomp to the right and move your knees and hips” (p. 8) and “Stomp really fast like you need to run away” (p. 10). Readers are also told when stomping is appropriate, like “when it’s time to create” (p. 15). The tale bounces along with melodic rhymes and plenty of exclamation marks. Read well and with plenty of expression, this story will be one that young children will request be taken from the shelves again and again.
Natalia Moore’s illustrations are vibrant and full of movement. The fun of the story is reflected on each person’s face; regardless of the characters’ age or gender, the expressive illustrations demonstrate the fun that everyone is having. Young readers will enjoy the bright colors and various characters.
Stomp! is a dynamic, exciting read that is sure to get little listeners on their feet and moving around. Because it’s definitely not a story meant to promote relaxation, it would, therefore, be a poor choice for bedtime, but it would be an excellent option for a classroom or daytime at-home reading.
Nikita Griffioen is a high school teacher in Abbotsford, British Columbia. When she is not too busy teaching, reading, or playing sports, she writes and illustrates her own stories which she hopes to have published one day.