Steve Ettlinger, author
Pete Proctor, artist
Active Spud Press
New York, NY 10023
9780984538805, $15.95, www.ActiveSpudPress.com
"Wallie Exercises" is an inspirational book for kids ages 4-8 about a couch potato dog named Wallie who has gotten (literally) too big for his britches through lack of physical movement (and oversnacking on unhealthy foods). Wallie's owner decides to enroll Wallie in a pet fitness club and Wallie meets his personal exercise coach, Edwin the Exercise Elephant. Edwin teaches Wallie to hydrate himself while exercising, and to tailor exercises to his own body needs so that they are both fun and challenging to do. In no time at all Wallie is actually having fun while exercising! There are active fitness tips and exercises at the end of "Wallie Exercises," including the Silly Shark Squat, Wallie Wiggle Wag Walks and Relay Race, and Lazy Tag. More exercises are available through, www.ActiveSpudPress.com, plus important routine information about warm-ups and hydration and fun ways to exercise. The text of "Wallie Exercises" is all written in humorous verse, and the colorful illustrations add greatly to the laugh component, making "Wallie Exercises" all the more appealing and fun to read. The author clearly believes that exercise should be fun for kids. "Wallie Exercises" seems primed to make a dent in childhood obesity trends in America.