• Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

A joyful board book 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 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.

Praise for Jump

“As a book to inspire movement, this one bounds.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

“It will be a delightful addition to any read aloud story time or emergent reader’s library.”—Foreword Magazine

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

“It’s almost guaranteed that little ones—and maybe even their grown-ups—will be airborne before the final page is turned.”—Children’s Books Ireland, Picture This Reading Guide selection

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 36
Publication Date 2019-08-13
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV009120, JUV002000, JUV051000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.7 x 6.7
Lexile 140
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Tatsuhide Matsuoka

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


  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Best Books for Babies 2020, Winner, 2020
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2019
  • Cybils Award for Board Books, Winner, 2019


Shelf Awareness

“A perfect exciting kickoff to an active 2020.”—Shelf Awareness

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Jump! By Tatsuhide Matsuoka—ADVISABLE

Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka. BOARD BOOK. Gecko Press, 2019. $13. 9781776572311


This book features a variety of animals jumping. It opens horizontally and the reader is presented with an animal such as a frog, a kitten, a fish, a dog, a chicken, a rabbit, and more. When the reader turns the page they see that animal jumping, with a variety of presentations of the word “Boing”. There are simple illustrations of each animal and a variety for the lettering of the word boing.

My 1-year-old adored this book and fell over laughing. She has never laughed like this at a book before. I read it out loud to her and she enjoyed seeing each creature jump and hearing the word boing acted out different ways. I had to keep tracking it down to complete this review, as she carried it off! I think this could be used by a preschool teacher as a fun opener for a lesson about jumping or creatures that jump.

Reviewer: Stephanie MLS & Author

Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful—pounce on it!”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“As a book to inspire movement, this one bounds.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Children will be begging for this one again and again.”—School Library Journal