Busy Fingers by C.W. Bowie – Book Review

Busy Fingers by C.W. BowieWith a muted front cover and nothing to attract the attention of young children, Busy Fingers by C.W. Bowie is different than the colorful books Arya likes to read.

But I want to expose my baby to diversity whenever possible and Bowie’s book shows a different array of faces than is normally found in most children’s books.

My daughter enjoyed the book even though she would have liked it even more with additional color and contrast in the illustrations.

Every page of Busy Fingers shows little fingers engaged in different activities. Although the collection of activities seems random, they are all relevant to little children. Kids in the book touch their toes, sign, finger paint, and otherwise have fun with their fingers.

Pictures by Fred Willingham are drawn in a realistic style with plain, muted backgrounds. Children’s faces and bodies are especially realistic and my daughter liked looking at the other children in the book. Arya was quickly bored by pages that didn’t show a child’s face even as she slapped at the faces of children when she could see their eyes.

Although the background colors match the overall tone of the book, they lack the bright colors and high contrast of popular children’s books. Young children would have appreciated the book far more with additional colors on each page.

Text is limited to a simple phrase about fingers. With less than eight words on every page, Busy Fingers is short enough for the smallest readers to get through the book alone. Like other books with very short text, it takes far longer for children to look at the illustrations than it takes adults to read the page.

Busy Fingers is also unique in that it shows a wide array of children. Fans of diversity in children’s books will obviously like the book, but the basic theme of busy little fingers is sufficient to hold the attention of most children.

Busy Fingers costs (including shipping) under $8 new and under $5 used from Amazon.