Altoona Baboona

Altoona Baboona

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by Janie Bynum
     
 

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Altoona begins her journey in search of adventure, but a little lost loon-a and a jazzy racoon-a help her find something even better.
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Altoona begins her journey in search of adventure, but a little lost loon-a and a jazzy racoon-a help her find something even better.

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"Fresh and lively."--Publishers Weekly
"Bynum's watercolors have a breezy ocean air feel to them, as light and buoyant as her simian heroine."--Kirkus Reviews
"Written in snappy verse suitable for reading aloud. . . . An enjoyable romp."--School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
ALTOONA BABOONA Janie Bynum. Harcourt/Voyager, $6 ISBN 0-15-216404-9. PW called Bynum's digital pen, ink and watercolor illustrations "fresh and lively, with airy landscapes and a pleasing gracefulness of line." They buoy up the one-joke text. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This humorous story is written in snappy verse suitable for reading aloud. Altoona Baboona is bored with her ordinary life on a "dune-a," so she sets off in search of adventure in a "hot air balloon-a." She tries to land in "Cancun-a," but winds blow her to "Rangoon-a," where she finds a lost loon and gives it a lift. Next, she is joined by a "jazzy raccoon-a" playing a saxophone. Eventually, the monkey returns to her home on the beach with two new friends. Altoona is a sympathetic character and the idea of flying off to parts unknown will appeal to young adventurers. The colorful, digital pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations add humorous details, e.g., the bored expression on the baboon's face at the beginning of the journey and the essential supplies she takes along (bananas, a trunk, sunglasses, and a camera). In the last picture, Altoona and her new friends are joyously roasting marshmallows over a campfire. An enjoyable romp.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
That Bynum comes up with so many lines to rhyme with "Altoona Baboona" deserves some kind of acclaim, even if the rhymes make readers laugh and groan at the same time. Altoona Baboona is an ape that "gets bored on her dune-a," hops a "hot air balloon-a" and goes south to "Calcun-a." On her hot air travels Altoona meets up with a loon-a and a racoon-a, who come back to the dune-a for an evening bonfire and roasted marshmallows. Bynum's watercolors have a breezy ocean air feel to them, as light and buoyant as her simian heroine. (Picture book. 2-6) .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152164041
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
None
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


JANIE BYNUM has illustrated several children's books, including Too Big, Too Small, Just Right by Frances Minters and her own Altoona Baboona and Altoona Up North. She lives in Michigan.

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Altoona Baboona 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a student in a Transition Kindergarten. The other day when I was there, the star student brought in Altoona Baboona to share with the class. It is a delightful story, silly and playful. The children laughed all the way through it. It appealed to almost all of them and that's unusual. I know the class would give it 5 stars too. Altoona Baboona is the main character who goes off on a series of adventures, each one ending with an a at the end of the word. She flew to the moona. The entire class and I looked forward to the next page to find out what the next rhyme would be! I'm buying this one for my grandson too!