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Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can't keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy? This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight. Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can't keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy? This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight.


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Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can't keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy? This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight. Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can't keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy? This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight.

30 review for Tommy Can't Stop! (Hyperion Picture Book (eBook))

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Ohi

    Adored TOMMY CAN'T STOP! I loved the joyous energy in the illustrations and the great wordplay and humor in the text makes this story a wonderful read-a-loud. Highly recommended. Adored TOMMY CAN'T STOP! I loved the joyous energy in the illustrations and the great wordplay and humor in the text makes this story a wonderful read-a-loud. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    I had the pleasure of hearing this book read aloud by my friend, Colby, while visiting his 3rd grade class. The kids loved the book and we had a great discussion about its message.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Young Tommy is in perpetual motion, bouncing like a pogo-stick, hollering while he hurdles and clomping like an elephant. He's driving his family crazy ("'He's an animal,' his sister pouts to their parents.") but you can tell from the illustrations that this is a little guy who's just got to move. When his mom drags him to tap class, he's really not sure it's for him. But when the teacher begins bouncing, he's hooked! I love the way this book shows Tommy discovering a joyful, positive way to chan Young Tommy is in perpetual motion, bouncing like a pogo-stick, hollering while he hurdles and clomping like an elephant. He's driving his family crazy ("'He's an animal,' his sister pouts to their parents.") but you can tell from the illustrations that this is a little guy who's just got to move. When his mom drags him to tap class, he's really not sure it's for him. But when the teacher begins bouncing, he's hooked! I love the way this book shows Tommy discovering a joyful, positive way to channel his energy. When the tap teacher kicks, he's amazed that she kicks like a bulldozer -- but she says, "I call this a brush! (Everyone brushes, but Tommy brushes boldest.)" Kids--quiet ones and rambunctious ones--will feel this joy coming through both the illustrations and the words, as Tommy discovers how being true to himself helps him be a star.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I don't know. Not a fan of the artwork which doesn't help but this story didn't seem to have a lot of substance or resolution either. The writing is cute but it's also a long enough picture book that the kids who would sit through it might not want cute. I definitely got the feeling I wasn't the target audience here but I'm also not sure who is or what the applications for this one might be. I don't know. Not a fan of the artwork which doesn't help but this story didn't seem to have a lot of substance or resolution either. The writing is cute but it's also a long enough picture book that the kids who would sit through it might not want cute. I definitely got the feeling I wasn't the target audience here but I'm also not sure who is or what the applications for this one might be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Charley Brown

    There are tons of Tommys in this world. This story celebrates their need to find the right place to exercise their energy and turn it into talent. I love that Tommy's family didn't just stick an ADHD label on him and consider putting him on medicine. They tried everything they could think of to help Tommy find an outlet for his energy. A great model for every educator to follow, as well. There are tons of Tommys in this world. This story celebrates their need to find the right place to exercise their energy and turn it into talent. I love that Tommy's family didn't just stick an ADHD label on him and consider putting him on medicine. They tried everything they could think of to help Tommy find an outlet for his energy. A great model for every educator to follow, as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    A very cute book about a rambunctious little boy who has too much energy! Having tried everything to tire him out so he'll stop moving, Tommy's family enrolls him in tap class. Initially apprehensive, he finds that they do all of the things he loves to do! Finally, they've found a perfect outlet for him! A very cute book about a rambunctious little boy who has too much energy! Having tried everything to tire him out so he'll stop moving, Tommy's family enrolls him in tap class. Initially apprehensive, he finds that they do all of the things he loves to do! Finally, they've found a perfect outlet for him!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I thought this one was awesome--everyone knows a kid like Tommy. Love that the author acknowledges that a little boy's initial reaction to dance lessons might be that they are too girly--but Tommy dances his way to stardom! So cute and fun. I thought this one was awesome--everyone knows a kid like Tommy. Love that the author acknowledges that a little boy's initial reaction to dance lessons might be that they are too girly--but Tommy dances his way to stardom! So cute and fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    I love Tommy's irrepressible energy! I know a lot of kids that are this rambunctious and it was fun to see how Tommy was ultimately able to channel his natural momentum into dancing. Author Tim Federle can do no wrong! I love Tommy's irrepressible energy! I know a lot of kids that are this rambunctious and it was fun to see how Tommy was ultimately able to channel his natural momentum into dancing. Author Tim Federle can do no wrong!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Nothing can tire young Tommy out. His family takes turns doing various activities to use up his energy like tennis and baseball but nothing seems to be doing the trick. His parents are tired of chasing him around the house - they can't keep up! Finally, his sister suggest he take tap dancing classes, but Tommy doesn't like the sound of it at all. He associates dancing with pink and tutus, but he is pleasantly surprised when he arrives at the dance class. He is quick to pick up on the moves becau Nothing can tire young Tommy out. His family takes turns doing various activities to use up his energy like tennis and baseball but nothing seems to be doing the trick. His parents are tired of chasing him around the house - they can't keep up! Finally, his sister suggest he take tap dancing classes, but Tommy doesn't like the sound of it at all. He associates dancing with pink and tutus, but he is pleasantly surprised when he arrives at the dance class. He is quick to pick up on the moves because they are the same dance moves he does around the house! At the end, Tommy is the star of the show during a talent show. The author whom wrote and was the inspiration of the book talks about how he was full of energy as a kid, and learned that as soon as he put tap shoes on he was making art instead of causing mayhem around the house. I think this book is fun and great for those kids full of energy or who love to dance! I would include this in my classroom library for my students to enjoy during their free reading time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    A wonderful reminder that energy can be destructive if misplaced, but can launch us on a path of excellence if aimed in the right direction! I loved that Tommy chose to dedicate his energy in a path not typically represented for boys and that he excelled!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This is the library book my grandson picked for me to read to him today. Tommy is too energetic for his family. Finally they find an activity that Tommy enjoys pouring all his energy into and becomes a star.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    I like the gender diversity of having a male character dancing (and that was enough for me to read it several times to Miss 2) but I found it boring to read and the writing didn't appeal. I like the gender diversity of having a male character dancing (and that was enough for me to read it several times to Miss 2) but I found it boring to read and the writing didn't appeal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Akoss

    I wonder if this was written more for parents than kids. Lol But I still think it's a cute book. I wonder if this was written more for parents than kids. Lol But I still think it's a cute book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dewey

    Super cute, and I love that it went from a negative, wishing he would change his behavior to "look at how talented this kid is!" when they redirected that behavior into something more productive. Super cute, and I love that it went from a negative, wishing he would change his behavior to "look at how talented this kid is!" when they redirected that behavior into something more productive.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is a picture book about a boy that is filled with energy...lots of it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    A nice message about channeling perceived weaknesses into an activity. A good read for my five year old with ADHD.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Dutkiewicz

    This boy just cannot stop moving! It was okay... kindergarten didn’t enjoy it very much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The sister adding “away” to the end of “encourage Tommy to run” was a little too nasty for my taste in a kid’s book, especially one that will be shared with real life Tommys.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A very energetic boy finds his outlet in tap class.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Bigham

    Child who has trouble sitting still (and who doesn't?) finds his calling on the stage Child who has trouble sitting still (and who doesn't?) finds his calling on the stage

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    An overall fun read about a boy who learns to express his endless energy through tap dancing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Tommy can't stop moving so he goes to a tap class and LOVES it. A good book for boys that think dance classes are only for girls! Tommy can't stop moving so he goes to a tap class and LOVES it. A good book for boys that think dance classes are only for girls!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire Roberts

    Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle, caught my attention instantly when I saw it on the bookshelf. I had never heard of this book before so I was hesitant when I opened the first page. Despite my suspicions, Tommy Can't Stop! was entertaining, comical, relatable, very easy to read, and the illustrations were immaculate. Tommy is a young boy who just can't keep still. He is a pogo stick, a bulldozer, an elephant, and an antelope. He bounces, kicks, clomps, and hurdles. Finally, his family can't stand Tommy Can't Stop! by Tim Federle, caught my attention instantly when I saw it on the bookshelf. I had never heard of this book before so I was hesitant when I opened the first page. Despite my suspicions, Tommy Can't Stop! was entertaining, comical, relatable, very easy to read, and the illustrations were immaculate. Tommy is a young boy who just can't keep still. He is a pogo stick, a bulldozer, an elephant, and an antelope. He bounces, kicks, clomps, and hurdles. Finally, his family can't stand it and they try and brainstorm ideas of activities that would keep Tommy busy. When none of these work out, they try and take him to a tap dancing class and its the perfect fit. He can hop instead of bounce, brush instead of kick, stamp instead of clomp, and leap instead of hurdle. Tommy turned all of his activities into an amazing talent, and his family was so proud. This is a great book, especially for early readers. The pictures interplay nicely with the text. The pictures, while entertaining, are not too much to take in, and don't take away from the text, but add to it. It is comical to see Tommy's face full of energy and excitement and his family exhausted, and annoyed. However, they put all their brains together and found something that would benefit not only them, but also Tommy! He never would have found his talent in tap if it weren't for his sister's idea and his mom dragging him to class. I could relate to this book because growing up, I was the youngest of the family and always had an unnecessary amount of energy. I can still remember my older brothers making me run laps around the house. They learned to channel my energy into teaching me how to play sports, and I ended up very successful with sports in my life! This book does illustrate that there is something for everybody, even if it's something you would never expect!

  24. 5 out of 5

    San Diego Book Review

    Parents of boys will quickly empathize with those of the hyperactive protagonist in Tim Federle’s Tommy Can’t Stop. Tommy really can’t stop moving. He alliteratively boasts when he bounces and hollers when he hurdles. Ironically, it’s Tommy’s family that’s exhausted trying to tire him. Finally, his sister suggests he try a dance class. The reluctant Tommy quickly realizes that his energy and athleticism make him a star dancer. Unlike most picture books, it is primarily the supporting cast who str Parents of boys will quickly empathize with those of the hyperactive protagonist in Tim Federle’s Tommy Can’t Stop. Tommy really can’t stop moving. He alliteratively boasts when he bounces and hollers when he hurdles. Ironically, it’s Tommy’s family that’s exhausted trying to tire him. Finally, his sister suggests he try a dance class. The reluctant Tommy quickly realizes that his energy and athleticism make him a star dancer. Unlike most picture books, it is primarily the supporting cast who struggle to overcome a challenge. Tommy’s resistance to attending a dance class seems minor by comparison. The use of parenthetical comments is inconsistent; sometimes for narration (but not all narration), and other times for dialog (but not all dialog). Read the entire review at http://www.sandiegobookreview.com/tom... Reviewed by Henry Herz

  25. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    This is a very fun book about a young person who has endless amounts of energy. I love that his family tries lots of things. I think many students can relate to not being able to sit still. Even if they don't have that experience themselves, they are sure to know someone else with that issue. It's very easy to relate to Tommy. I also enjoy that Tommy is dancing because I don't see nearly enough books that have boys dancing. I may be alone in this, but I found the parenthesis a bit distracting. T This is a very fun book about a young person who has endless amounts of energy. I love that his family tries lots of things. I think many students can relate to not being able to sit still. Even if they don't have that experience themselves, they are sure to know someone else with that issue. It's very easy to relate to Tommy. I also enjoy that Tommy is dancing because I don't see nearly enough books that have boys dancing. I may be alone in this, but I found the parenthesis a bit distracting. They are used when someone is talking in an aside, but also at other times for no apparent reason. More than half of the pages with text have words in parenthesis and they didn't all seem necessary. I will be sharing this with students for sure. I know they will enjoy it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Josianne Fitzgerald

    One reviewer calls this an exuberant picture book, and the adjective is spot on. Tommy can't keep still and his family is in despair over how to tire him out until he discovers tap dancing, which he instantly loves and for which he has lots of talent. A story about finding your passion and talent. One reviewer calls this an exuberant picture book, and the adjective is spot on. Tommy can't keep still and his family is in despair over how to tire him out until he discovers tap dancing, which he instantly loves and for which he has lots of talent. A story about finding your passion and talent.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Guerfi

    I really enjoyed this book about Tommy who's so full of energy he can't stand still. His family is exhausted from trying to keep him under control and have tried everything they can think of to tire him out but nothing has worked until they take him to tap dance class with his sister. Although Tommy is reluctant and WON'T wear a tutu he quickly realizes that the dance teacher is a kindred soul and with different ways of expressing the same moves Tommy has at home, he finds a kindred spirit who s I really enjoyed this book about Tommy who's so full of energy he can't stand still. His family is exhausted from trying to keep him under control and have tried everything they can think of to tire him out but nothing has worked until they take him to tap dance class with his sister. Although Tommy is reluctant and WON'T wear a tutu he quickly realizes that the dance teacher is a kindred soul and with different ways of expressing the same moves Tommy has at home, he finds a kindred spirit who shows him that being yourself can lead to greatness. Great book about redirecting that access energy into new ways.

  28. 5 out of 5

    LaToya Hixon

    This was such a funny book to read. It's great to read a book that teachers you to find other ways to calm your children down. The book remind me of my nephew. He can't stay still just like Tommy. After reading this book it gave me some ides how to keep my nephew happy with bouncing around and keep the house clean. I really like how the author found a way for Tommy to still bounce around to where he is still happy and make his family happy and out the house. The artwork really showed the motions This was such a funny book to read. It's great to read a book that teachers you to find other ways to calm your children down. The book remind me of my nephew. He can't stay still just like Tommy. After reading this book it gave me some ides how to keep my nephew happy with bouncing around and keep the house clean. I really like how the author found a way for Tommy to still bounce around to where he is still happy and make his family happy and out the house. The artwork really showed the motions that Tommy was making every time he bounced around the house. It also really captured the family emotions when Tommy would not stop at all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Tommy can’t stop moving. He bounces, he kicks, he clomps, and he hurdles. His parents try everything to get him to stop, but nothing works. Then his sister decides that he needs tap class. And guess what, he loves it. His teacher bounces, kicks, stomps and leaps. Suddenly Tommy’s a star. For all those kids out there who just can’t seem to sit still, this book is for you. What a great way to channel all that energy into something fun. For Tommy it’s tap dance, but for other kids it could be sp Tommy can’t stop moving. He bounces, he kicks, he clomps, and he hurdles. His parents try everything to get him to stop, but nothing works. Then his sister decides that he needs tap class. And guess what, he loves it. His teacher bounces, kicks, stomps and leaps. Suddenly Tommy’s a star. For all those kids out there who just can’t seem to sit still, this book is for you. What a great way to channel all that energy into something fun. For Tommy it’s tap dance, but for other kids it could be sports, or? A joyful book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Adorable! Timmy is the little boy that no one can stand because he can't stop hopping and bouncing and jumping and causing all sorts of trouble. His family tries to wear him out by giving him chores and making him exercise a lot, but nothing seems to work! Finally his sister suggests that he take tap dance at her dance school, and, even though Timmy thinks it sounds dorky, he discovers that he loves it. And it's perfect. Finally he has an outlet for all his energy! Large font on colorful illustra Adorable! Timmy is the little boy that no one can stand because he can't stop hopping and bouncing and jumping and causing all sorts of trouble. His family tries to wear him out by giving him chores and making him exercise a lot, but nothing seems to work! Finally his sister suggests that he take tap dance at her dance school, and, even though Timmy thinks it sounds dorky, he discovers that he loves it. And it's perfect. Finally he has an outlet for all his energy! Large font on colorful illustrations with plenty of exaggerated faces on the characters make this a great read-along.

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