Boing!

Boing!

by Nick Bruel
     
 

A baby kangaroo tries desperately to learn how to jump, but can't quite make the leap. . .

Again and again she tries, with the hearty encouragement of a frog, a grasshopper, and a rabbit, not to mention his doting Mama. But instead of boinging he blomps, bloomps, and blomps. But then, a koala comes up with a surprising solution, and our little hero boings

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Overview

A baby kangaroo tries desperately to learn how to jump, but can't quite make the leap. . .

Again and again she tries, with the hearty encouragement of a frog, a grasshopper, and a rabbit, not to mention his doting Mama. But instead of boinging he blomps, bloomps, and blomps. But then, a koala comes up with a surprising solution, and our little hero boings literally right off the page! A sweet and silly book with wonderful artwork and a pop-up surprise that will have kids squealing with delight.

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Horn Book

A rabbit, frog, grasshopper, and koala provide an encouraging audience for a baby kangaroo fresh out of the pouch and ready to learn to jump. Illustrated with sunny watercolor and ink cartoons, the text consists of the animals' dialogue and the sounds they make as they model leaping for the joey (boing), who consistently falls over when she tries to jump (blomp). Why is this determined marsupial having so much trouble mimicking her mama and her peers? Koala finally figures it out by asking what's in the joey's pocket. She replies: "I have 1 sock, a candybar, 2 jacks, a toy dinosaur, 3 marbles, a cool rock I found, 4 buttons..." and a horde of other stuff. With a lightened load, the joey is able to jump off the page, literally, in an exuberant pop-up spread. It's an accomplishment designed to have preschoolers springing from their seats, as, on the last page, the rabbit, looking outward along with his buddies, cheerfully announces, "Your turn!"

Kirkus Reviews

Common sense works when encouragement doesn't in this bouncy solo debut. Though Grasshopper, Frog, Rabbit, and Mama Kangaroo cheer him on, a young kangaroo just keeps falling over whenever she tries to jump. What's the problem? At last, Koala's savvy question-"What do you have in your pocket? - provides the answer: "I have 1 sock, a candy bar, 2 jacks, a toy dinosaur, 3 marbles," and a few dozen other items besides. Bruel keeps the art simple, setting the episode in a glade nearly free of extraneous detail or-until the denouement-text, then putting Kangaroo's climactic bound onto a spread that unfolds up and out as it's opened.

Publishers Weekly

A mother kangaroo tries to teach her joey how to hop by example in Bruel's debut children's book. Mama demonstrates her kinetic prowess, leaping in giant arcs (a dotted line traces her path) to the delight of her child as well as other onlookers: a frog, rabbit and grasshopper. The joey determinedly tries to jump-only to flop to the ground with a resounding "blomp." Each animal demonstrates its own jumping ability, bouncing across the spread from left to right, interjecting encouraging words-"Like this!" and "Don't give up!"-that comprise the book's sparse narrative. But when the kangaroo tries to do the same, it is unable to get off the ground. Finally, a wise-looking koala bear pipes up, "What do you have in your pocket?" The joey excitedly reveals his treasure trove, emptying out toys, a book, "a cool rock I found" and much more. With its load significantly lightened, the tyke leaps into the air in an enormous boing that literally pops up to greet readers. Bruel's cartoons brim with energy and emotion-the joey's expression of concentration as it attempts to leap is priceless, as are the flabbergasted reactions of the animals when they discover the problem. Not a book for bedtime, this tale will likely inspire young readers to hop excitedly along, particularly given the animals' parting words: "Your turn!," "You can do it!" and "It's easy!" Ages 3-7.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–Told mainly through bright, cheerful pictures that are enhanced by bits of dialogue and pertinent sound effects, this simple story will make children smile. A young kangaroo is learning to hop with the help of its mother and their friends, a grasshopper, a rabbit, and a frog. Despite the repeated demonstrations and many words of encouragement, the joey tries is unable to duplicate the resounding “boing” produced by its mother and the others, only managing a feeble “bloomp” or “blop.” Finally, a koala that has been looking on from a perch in a tree suggests that the youngster empty its pocket. After pulling out a carefully itemized collection of amusing belongings including, among other things, “1 sock,” “2 jacks,” “a red ribbon,” “a green ribbon,” and “a banana,” the little kangaroo joyously leaps into the air and off the page in an unexpected pop-up illustration. Pair this charming title with Emily Arnold McCully’s First Snow (HarperCollins, 1985), another tale told in pictures of a young animal’s triumph over a seemingly insurmountable challenge.–

Publishers Weekly
A mother kangaroo tries to teach her joey how to hop by example in Bruel's debut children's book. Mama demonstrates her kinetic prowess, leaping in giant arcs (a dotted line traces her path) to the delight of her child as well as other onlookers: a frog, rabbit and grasshopper. The joey determinedly tries to jump-only to flop to the ground with a resounding "blomp." Each animal demonstrates its own jumping ability, bouncing across the spread from left to right, interjecting encouraging words-"Like this!" and "Don't give up!"-that comprise the book's sparse narrative. But when the kangaroo tries to do the same, it is unable to get off the ground. Finally, a wise-looking koala bear pipes up, "What do you have in your pocket?" The joey excitedly reveals his treasure trove, emptying out toys, a book, "a cool rock I found" and much more. With its load significantly lightened, the tyke leaps into the air in an enormous boing that literally pops up to greet readers. Bruel's cartoons brim with energy and emotion-the joey's expression of concentration as it attempts to leap is priceless, as are the flabbergasted reactions of the animals when they discover the problem. Not a book for bedtime, this tale will likely inspire young readers to hop excitedly along, particularly given the animals' parting words: "Your turn!," "You can do it!" and "It's easy!" Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A kangaroo mother tries in vain to teach her little one to jump. She demonstrates the technique with ease but when her offspring tires to do the same, the results are less "boing" and more "blomp" and "blop." Frog, rabbit, and cricket all get in the act as they show by example and encourage the youngster to try. It is only when a bemused koala asks the little one to empty her pocket that she unloads a veritable treasure trove ranging from one sock to a piggy bank, yo-yo, and a hairbrush. Unburdened, she again tries to jump and readers are rewarded with a surprising and successful pop-up "BOING!" Mostly wordless, the flat, uninspiring text is given little support by the equally flat drawings. The watercolors, which are heavy on green and red, are outlined in black and carry little visual appeal. The message to never give up and the determined little heroine deserve a better story. 2004, Roaring Book Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
Common sense works when encouragement doesn't in this bouncy solo debut. Though Grasshopper, Frog, Rabbit, and Mama Kangaroo cheer him on, a young kangaroo just keeps falling over whenever she tries to jump. What's the problem? At last, Koala's savvy question-"What do you have in your pocket?-provides the answer: "I have 1 sock, a candy bar, 2 jacks, a toy dinosaur, 3 marbles," and a few dozen other items besides. Bruel keeps the art simple, setting the episode in a glade nearly free of extraneous detail or-until the denouement-text, then putting Kangaroo's climactic bound onto a spread that unfolds up and out as it's opened. A substantial leap over David McKee's similarly themed but pedestrian Elmer and the Kangaroo (2000) and a jumpstart on counting. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596430020
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing, Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller Boing, Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

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