A-Hunting We Will Go!

A-Hunting We Will Go!

by Steven Kellogg
     
 

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There's no doubt about it: This energetic crew has no intention of going to sleep. Instead, they gather a lovable team of animal friends and set off on a carefree adventure that takes them from woodlands to waterfalls- and then to even wilder wonderlands, where the sun doesn't set until the kids are good and ready!

Steven Kellogg's boisterous romp, inspired

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Overview

There's no doubt about it: This energetic crew has no intention of going to sleep. Instead, they gather a lovable team of animal friends and set off on a carefree adventure that takes them from woodlands to waterfalls- and then to even wilder wonderlands, where the sun doesn't set until the kids are good and ready!

Steven Kellogg's boisterous romp, inspired by a traditional refrain, turns getting ready for bed into a delightful game that is sure to become a favorite of all not-so-sleepy little ones eveywhere.

So come along and join the song: A-Hunting We Will Go!

Editorial Reviews

Sesame Street Parents
Kellogg's nonsense version of this old song features a high-spirited cast that includes a girl, a boy, and several goofy-looking animals at bed time. The kids tickle a giraffe and make him laugh, read to whales who love their tales, and dress two llamas in striped pajamas. Then a-hugging they go, kissing their parents good night before snuggling in bed with all the crazy critters. The rhyme, the slapstick, and the cartoonish pictures are a delight.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kellogg's characteristically buoyant art is the most satisfying aspect of this high-spirited bedtime romp. When their parents tell them that it's almost time for bed, a cherubic brother and sister and two polar bear sidekicks launch into a rendition of this traditional song. After a few lilting verses in which an assortment of animal colleagues join the foursome, and all brave a waterfall in a boat, the narrative's rhythm falters as the author breaks from the familiar cadence of the tune. In calmer waters, the crew sings out "A-reading we will go! A-reading we will go!" as they entertain a pod of whales with a book. After taking a bath, the kids and their pals go "a-brushing," "pajamming" and finally "a-hugging," bidding goodnight to their parents before climbing into bed with their good-natured menagerie. Endpapers present the musical score for this song, yet Kellogg's improvisations make it difficult to sing along smoothly. Although those trying to read aloud may stumble, preschool listeners aren't likely to care, given the verses' playful rhyme and the ample diversion of the jovial graphics (as when whales dive underwater into human beds; a child uses "goose shampoose" to lather up the waterfowl). Adding to the visual fun, the book's playful design introduces a variety of type sizes and attributes portions of the text (in cartoon balloons) to the cheerful, sleep-fighting siblings. Ages 2-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Believe it or not, this is a bedtime book, in which animals familiar and dear adventure their way along to the inevitable "Now off to bed we'll go." Never fear: the hunting is simply about gathering new friends and playing games, including a child's own usual progression from playtime to bath to stories to wind-down and tuck-in. Sample: "A-brushing we will go! A-brushing we will go! Will the polars brush their molars? Yes, yes, yes, yes! NO! I'm the boss and I say FLOSS!" A musical score of Kellogg's version of the original song begins and ends the book, in appropriate sun-drenched then moon-glow tones, and the illustrations within are humorous, detailed and very upbeat.
Children's Literature - Carol Collins
This nursery rhyme transforms an old English folk/children's song into a jaunty pilgrimage toward bedtime. Trying to postpone the inevitable, a brother and sister set off with horn blasting and drum beating, along with polar bears to hunt up all their animal friends. Like a child's imagination, the home becomes a wood, a river, an ocean, as one by one the menagerie is gathered up. There is much to entertain in this whale of a tale_including a rocky rowboat ride over a waterfall. The fox and his socks, the weasel at the easel, the moose and the goose are just a few of the funny but instructive rhymes embedded throughout. The nighttime ritual includes showering, teeth brushing, and putting pajamas on the critters. The gorgeously colored, elaborate illustrations that cover each page offer treasures beyond the story line. Whales at the bottom of the sea, sleeping beside Mark the shark in jail, humorously embellish the bedtime story. The friendly moon and stars, mixed with the blues and golds of evening, give this tale the perfect frame.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Sing along with the author in his original version of this fun-filled bedtime story-song. Sing "Now to the bath we go! the faucets soon will flow!/ Moose gets tubbed and Goose gets scrubbed./ They'll glow from head to toe." The action, the mayhem, the bubbling characters compel you to read it and sing it again. "A hugging we will go! / We'll find our parents, hug them tight, / We'll snuggle up and say good night/ Because we love them so! Now off to bed we go!"
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Kellogg gives new life to a traditional folk song in this lively book. When a young brother and sister are reminded that "it's almost time for bed," they try to put off the inevitable by singing a song that takes them on an imaginary trip into a forest, down a stream, and over a waterfall. Along the way, they find a moose and a goose who "are on the loose," spot a "weasel at the easel," "tickle a giraffe and make him laugh," and meet other assorted animals, originally seen as toys in their room. "Moose gets tubbed," "Goose gets scrubbed," and llamas are put in pajamas, as everyone prepares for bed. Finally, after hugs and kisses, it is "off to sleep we'll go." Kellogg uses his trademark style to give all of the animals charming personalities. He is a master at combining real-life events with the imaginary, creating humorous illustrations that demand time to be carefully scrutinized. Children will appreciate all of the clever details. The cheery rhyming text and funny dialogue balloons beg to be shared aloud. An author's note comments on the history and variations of the song. A sing-out-loud bedtime romp.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688149451
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.65(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
2 - 8 Years

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