As a book to inspire movement, this one bounds.

Publishers Weekly - starred review


A joyful jumping boardbook to share with babies and toddlers.

Selected for the Children’s Books Ireland Reading Guide 2022

Written by Tatsuhide Matsuoka

Translated by Cathy Hirano

  • Description

    A joyful boardbook to share with young children that will have them jumping with glee.

    A frog jumps. Boing! A kitten jumps. Boi-ing! A dog jumps. Boiyyyyyyoiingg! A grasshopper jumps, a rabbit jumps, then a snail…uhm, maybe not. Mother and chick jump together, a fish jumps out of the water, and last comes a little girl to join the fun… I jump too—BOING!

    This fun interactive book for babies and toddlers will get readers off their feet and bouncing up and down. With funny anatomically correct animal illustrations by award-winning Japanese illustrator Tatsuhide Matsuoka.

    Impossible to read sitting down and designed to be read sideways so that the animals jump vertically up the page, this simple story is a perfect gift book to share with young children.

    Tatsuhide Matsuoka is one of Japan’s foremost illustrators. He has won the Japan Picture Book Award, the Japan Science Book Award and the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award.

    Over half a million copies sold in Japan.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Japan
    Reader Age 0-2 year, 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Children’s Books Ireland Reading Guide 2022 selection

      It’s almost guaranteed that little ones – and maybe even their grown-ups – will be airborne before the final page is turned.

    2. Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      Delightful—pounce on it!

    3. What We Do All Day

      Jump is sure to bring a huge smile to your child’s face…Variations in body formation, graphics and jumping ability create a cheerful and utterly delightful narrative.

    4. Waking Brain Cells

      A delight of a board book sure to get everyone jumping

    5. Bluestocking Thinking

      Young readers will delight in watching various animals bounce, boing, and jump through these pages as they turn the book on its end to point the animals toward the sky. With stark white backgrounds, the text and creatures stand out sharply. Pure fun!

    6. Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 Productions (an SLJ blog)

      Adults will enjoy the fact that there’s a nice gag involving a snail in there and kids will adore jumping right along with the animals, insects, and fish. Use this in a toddler storytime and get the whole room jumping along with you.

    7. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      Realistically detailed animals with stoic expressions and flamboyant moves lend a delightfully absurd mood, and ample white space creates an elegant background for the bouncers’ energy. As a book to inspire movement, this one bounds.

    8. Foreword Magazine

      It will be a delightful addition to any readaloud story time or emergent reader’s library.

    9. Nayu’s Reading Corner

      There is a real sense of movement for each animal (even the snail!), the colour palette is pleasing and the sturdy book will withstand little hands for a good while. Perfect for every readers’ bookshelf!

    10. The Big Issue North

      Like a game of peekaboo in book form, it’s bound to get little readers giggling.

    11. Book Trust

      Matsuhide is one of Japan’s foremost illustrators, and this lovely book is a testimony to excellent art and an original, well-executed idea.

    12. Midwest Book Review

      Delightfully illustrated and charmingly entertaining, “Jump!” is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library board book collections.

    13. Youth Services Book Review – starred

      Wonderful illustrations take center stage in this simple board book about jumping.

    14. Parents In Touch

      This joyful book will have children bouncing up and down as they share the fun of each animal’s jump with sounds and actions.

    15. Juno magazine (UK)

      This is the sort of book that young children will love to have read to them time and time again.

    16. School Library Journal

      The creatures gaze solemnly at readers, but then each leaps: BOING! Limbs splayed, mouths wide, these animals cut comical figures, the absurdism heightened by Matsuoka’s graceful, streamlined design.

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