Knick Knack Paddywhack by Paul O. Zelinsky
(New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))

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Caldecott Medal winner Paul O. Zelinsky's first moving-parts book since the best-selling Wheels on the Bus is a beauty. To the verses of "This Old Man," an ingenious visual narrative follows a young boy as he ventures outside. Along the way, children can push tabs, turn wheels, or lift flaps to see ten different old men pop out of hiding to play Knick-Knack. Children (and critics) agree that Knick-Knack Paddywhack! takes the interactive book to a new level of imagination.

? Smithsonian magazine Notable Book for Children 2002
? Parenting magazine Book of the Year
? Newsweek magazine Top Pick for Kids
? New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2002


About Paul O. Zelinsky

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Paul O. Zelinsky is the author and artist of numerous books for children, and has won the Caldecott Medal (Rapunzel, 1998) and three Caldecott Honors (Swamp Angel, 1995; Rumpelstiltskin, 1987; Hansel and Gretel, 1985). He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two daughters. Visit him on the web at
Published January 1, 2002 by Dutton Juvenile. 8 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The focus of the spread features a boy in striped pajamas who, when readers tug a pull-tab, reveals the old man holding the numeral one (and ""play[ing] knick-knack"" on the boy's thumb).

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