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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....

Title : Tommy Can't Stop!
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ISBN : 9781423169178
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Tommy Can't Stop! Reviews

  • Donalyn
    2019-02-16 18:42

    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.

  • Debbie Ohi
    2019-02-13 22:32

    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.

  • Carrie Charley Brown
    2019-01-30 23:41

    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.

  • Mary Ann
    2019-02-08 23:43

    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.

  • Peter
    2019-02-13 20:00

    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!

  • Emma
    2019-01-21 16:34

    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.

  • Evan
    2019-01-21 18:32

    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!

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-03 18:44

    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.

  • Emily Scheinman
    2019-02-19 18:48

    Great read aloud!

  • Akoss
    2019-02-18 21:47

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

  • Nicola
    2019-01-28 20:50

    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.

  • Sara
    2019-02-14 19:48

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

  • Brittany
    2019-01-20 15:40

    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!

  • Claire Roberts
    2019-02-16 21:45

    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!

  • San Diego Book Review
    2019-02-09 19:32

    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 by Henry Herz

  • Josianne Fitzgerald
    2019-02-03 17:44

    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.

  • Crystal
    2019-01-21 21:30

    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.

  • LaToya Hixon
    2019-02-03 15:52

    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.

  • Sandra Guerfi
    2019-01-25 19:37

    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.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-21 18:35

    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.

  • Janice
    2019-01-31 19:31

    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.

  • Amy
    2019-02-01 20:56

    ​​Tommy reminds me of myself as a child. The irresistible urge to move and make noise compel him to continually pop, hurdle, and bounce. His family take turns firing Tommy out. No one succeeds! They try softball and swim club but Tommy doesn't tire even then. Eventually his mother drags him to tap class. All of his popping, hurdling, and bouncing have prepared him perfectly for tap class! Tommy turns out to be a tap star. His family proudly support him from the first row.

  • Jillian Heise
    2019-02-05 21:33

    Such a fun read and an endearing story! The message of turning a negative into a positive use for the energy of a rambunctious child was so sweet, and a way to remind readers to avoid having to look at a child with just one lens, and having the boy end up dancing, is a powerful message. I especially loved the use of alliteration in each segment that highlights the use of words and adds to the fun. This is a story full of joy that made me feel that as a reader.

  • Nick
    2019-01-27 17:40

    While the author doesn't say that the book is autobiographical, it might have a little of Tim Federle in the story. Tommy has nonstop energy and a desire to play physical games that simply exhausts his family. As young Tommy sees how his games translate into the world of dance, it becomes very believable that he would fall in love with this new way of dealing with the world. Very nice story, well told and well illustrated.

  • Elaine
    2019-02-06 15:37

    Tommy is a high energy character who just can't stopy moving. He is all over the place. However, there is a possible solution to all of this. The preschool audience can relate to Tommy during story hour which brought about good discussion. Lively illustrations with realistic facial expressions.

  • Allison
    2019-01-22 17:37

    I LOVED Tim Federle's middle-school books BETTER NATE THAN NEVER, and FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE, so am thrilled to have a picture book of his to add to the collection.What a sweet, fun book- makes you want to dance!I support independent bookstores. You can use this link to find one near you:

  • Kelly Bolduc
    2019-01-28 18:37

    Tommy needs to get his bounce on! He can't stop driving his family INSANE with the amount of energy he has, they're dead tired and have run out of ways to tire out Tommy. That is until his sister suggests Tommy take tap dancing.... At first Tommy is against tap dance until he notices his teacher has got the same groovy moves he uses at home. Maybe tapping isn't such a bad thing!

  • Cheriee Weichel
    2019-02-11 21:38

    Tommy is one of those wild kids. His family comes up with all kinds of plans to try and help him find control. It isn't until he discovers tap dancing that his energy finds a focus. In fact, it turns out that Tommy has talent! I suspect that this book resonated for me since I was a kid like Tommy. anyone who really know me will tell you I'm still kind of hyperactive....

  • Lynn
    2019-01-20 23:51

    I wonder how much of this is autobiographical!This is a perfect book for examples of dialogue and using a variety of language instead of saying "He said": bellows, clamors, boasts, moans, pleads. etc. It also serves to encourage us to explore our strengths even when they seem like a problem!Colorful illustrations show exaggerated eyes on energetic characters.

  • Emily
    2019-01-19 17:37

    Sweet little picture book about one boy who learns to harness all his raw energy and need for attention into tap-dancing. Tommy channels his flair for the dramatic and tireless bouncing for art. It's cute and fun, and I love that it says even boys who are not fans of pink and refuse to go near tutus can be dancers.