All Afloat on Noah's Boat


Life aboard Noah's Ark is busy and noisy, and soon the animals begin to get grumpy. So clever Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again. But what amazing act will appear for the finale?
Tony Mitton's brilliant and rhymic poetry paired with Guy Parker-Rees' vibrant and bold illustrations give a creative twist story to Noah's Ark and will engage readers of all ages!
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Life aboard Noah's Ark is busy and noisy, and soon the animals begin to get grumpy. So clever Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again. But what amazing act will appear for the finale?
Tony Mitton's brilliant and rhymic poetry paired with Guy Parker-Rees' vibrant and bold illustrations give a creative twist story to Noah's Ark and will engage readers of all ages!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Not surprisingly, the team behind such raucous picture books as Dinosaurumpus!delivers a Noah's Ark adaptation featuring effervescent rhyming text and playful, cartoon illustrations. Kids won't want to miss a beat of the action once Noah (donning an orange life vest) calls "All aboard the Ark Hotel!" When literal cabin fever puts all the animal pairs on edge, Noah finds a clever solution: he stages an animal talent show. Among other feats, the elephants blow fountains of water, the caterpillars wrap themselves in cocoons and the snakes tie themselves in knots. Children may well guess the ending, which includes the caterpillar's transformative, high-flying finale. This energetic and silly cruise ship take on the tale focuses on fun, but also shines a respectful light on many of God's fine creations. Parker-Rees's wide-eyed critters cutting a rug or cheering on their pals possess a memorable cheerfulness. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Noah builds a boat and the animals enter in pairs "stepping up the stairs" to escape the flood. As days and weeks go by, the animals in the "Ark Hotel" become bored, glum, and have tantrums. Noah suggests they put on a talent show to have some fun and see what various animals can do. Frogs flip over tables, toucans tap with their beaks, and an elephant blows a fountain of water. Meanwhile two caterpillars go into their cocoons. When all the animals have performed, the cocoons burst open with two butterflies. The flood is over. "Then the creatures came out, two by two, on a world that waited, bright and new." The carefully metered rhymes are distributed throughout the lively illustrations. There are many fun things to share with children, such as the horse and porcupine hanging together in a hammock, the lions and leopards looking "mean and catty," and the continued presence of the cocoons. This rollicking rhyme with its bright, bold illustrations of animals on Noah's boat will be enjoyed by children
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 2 - In this rhymed account of Noah's famous voyage, the patriarch builds a rainbow-striped cruise ship and urges the animal pairs to board to escape the impending flood. Unending rain takes its toll on the critters' dispositions; some grow bored and others throw tantrums. Fortunately, the sun soon reappears, and Noah devises a plan to pass the time while the waters recede: he has the animals perform various tricks in a high-energy talent show. With all the noise and activity, the efforts of two caterpillars that quietly encase themselves in cocoons are overlooked by everyone but Noah. Their transformation into brilliant butterflies offers a fitting finale to the lengthy journey. Mitton's verse propels the story, which should be read aloud for maximum bounce and effectiveness. Parker-Rees's action-packed illustrations and the book's large format also facilitate group sharing. The creatures' facial expressions and body postures reveal their emotions, especially when they grow crabby and disgruntled. Those searching for a bedtime version of Noah's tale will need to look elsewhere-this one is designed for active storytime fun.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Kirkus Reviews
When the animals on the ark become bored and irritable, quick-thinking Noah proposes a talent show to give their energies an outlet. It's a smashing success, as "the snakes both tied themselves in knots. / The leopards wiggled all their spots," the toucans, elephants, crocodiles and other acts perform, and "the talent show was such a ball / there's no room to tell it all." Lines of text float across big, bright scenes of cartoon creatures cavorting aboard a vessel that's striped like a beach umbrella and roomy enough to include a curtained stage. Closing with a burst of color brought on by a pair of newly hatched butterflies, last seen fluttering off toward the rainbow arcing overhead, this makes a particularly buoyant version of the world's best-known cruise. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846162428
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 6/7/2007
  • Sales rank: 474,773

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. His recent collection of poetry, Plum, won the Publishers Weekly 2003 Cuffies Award for Best Book of Poetry. Tony teamed with illustrator Ant Parker on several books, including Dazzling Diggers, Roaring Rockets, and Terrific Trains. Ant Parker studied drawing and printing at the Bath Academy of Art in England and has taught papermaking, printing and bookbinding workshops for children.
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    Posted January 2, 2008

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    This is a wonderful story with beautiful, colorful illustrations. It is my new favorite gift to give for a baby's christening.

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