Overview

Boomer knows something's up the day a shiny new bowl appears next to his, but imagine Boomer's surprise when he finds himself nose to nose with a new puppy! Just when Boomer thinks he's no longer top dog, he discovers there's room for two, and that the puppy is more than a new sibling—he's a new friend. Boomer's Big Surprise is filled with the same warmth and humor as the first two books in the Boomer series, and will have special appeal to any child facing the arrival of a new baby. Plus, this version includes ...
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Overview

Boomer knows something's up the day a shiny new bowl appears next to his, but imagine Boomer's surprise when he finds himself nose to nose with a new puppy! Just when Boomer thinks he's no longer top dog, he discovers there's room for two, and that the puppy is more than a new sibling—he's a new friend. Boomer's Big Surprise is filled with the same warmth and humor as the first two books in the Boomer series, and will have special appeal to any child facing the arrival of a new baby. Plus, this version includes audio and a read-along setting.

Boomer is distressed by the special treatment given to the new puppy in his household and feels that he is no longer top dog, but then he finds that the recent arrival can be a friend and playmate.

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Editorial Reviews

Parents-Choice
Boomer's Big Surprise has been chosen as the 1999 Parent's Choice Recommended winners!
Parent Council
Boomer is an older dog that finds himself forgotten when a new puppy arrives at his house. The puppy receives all the attention and is even allowed to run wildly through the hose and sit on the furniture. Eventually Boomer and the puppy form a close bond. This book can help ease older siblings into accepting a new baby.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
In this, Boomer's third outing, Boomer's Big Day and Boomer Goes to School are the first two Boomer discovers some changes in his environment. Newspapers have been spread on the floor and there's a new dog dish beside his. Young readers will catch on to the "big surprise" before Boomer does and they'll fall in love with the surprise long before Boomer does. But, Boomer does come to love the baby as the last picture in this lushly illustrated picture book reveals. The story paints a balanced picture of siblinghood and readers will be able to see themselves and their families in this emotionally right-on book. When you can't change what's happening to you, it's often helpful to know that others canine though they be have stood in your place and emerged the better and/or happier for it.
School Library Journal
PreS-KIn this latest book about Boomer the dog, another anxiety-producing situation is explored. This time its the arrival of a puppy. When Baby, as the newcomer is called, enters the family, Boomer feels both confused and left out. He wondered if anyone would ever play with him. But then, Baby licks his nose and the fun begins, in the waterin the dirtand all through the house! Boomers canine reactions provide insight into the new sibling experience. His expressions of curiosity and dejected concern will garner sympathy from readers and allow them to see the pains and rewards that accompany any addition to a family. Following the lead of the text, the watercolor illustrations give a dogs-eye view of the world. Soft and pleasing, they make the most of the inherent cuteness of a golden retriever puppy. Delightful and emotionally satisfying.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jealousy surrounds the arrival of a new baby, in this case a puppy, in this latest of sweet-tempered books from about a golden retriever (Boomer Goes to School, 1996, etc.).
From the Publisher
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Boomer's Big Surprise
By Constance W. McGeorge
Illustrations by Mary Whyte

BOOKLIST
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
KIRKUS REVIEWS

FROM: BOOKLIST
By Lauren Peterson

Boomer, the spunky golden retriever who starred in Boomer's Big Day (1994) and Boomer Goes to School (1996), is back in a new adventure. This time he gets a new dog sibling and has most of the same feelings young children have when there's a new baby in the house. First, Boomer is confused. Why is Baby eating when it isn't dinnertime yet? Then the green-eyed monster rears its head as Boomer watches Baby playing with Boomer's favorite toy and getting a belly rub. But just when Boomer is beginning to wonder whether anyone will ever play with him again, he feels a lick on his nose. It isn't long before Boomer and Baby are off and running with Boomer leading the way. This delightful series may use a lovable family dog to play out common childhood events, but children will relate to Boomer's experience as easily as they would to a child's. Whyte, who actually owns a golden retreiver named Boomer, has done another fine job depicting the action in flowing watercolors. A worthwhiie addition to a fine series.

FROM: SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
By Martha Topol

Boomer's canine reactions provide insight into the new sibling experience. His expressions of curiousity and dejected concern will garner sympathy from readers and allow them to seet he pains and rewards that accompany any addtion to a family. Following the lead of the text, the watercolor illustrations give a dog's-eye view of the world. Soft and pleasing, they make the most of the inherent cuteness of a golden retriever puppy. Delightful and emotionally satisfying.

FROM: KIRKUS REVIEWS
Using unembellished language and plain sentence structure, the narrator reports Boomer's feelings, "Later, everyone went outside to play. Boomer was very excited...He waited and waited for someone to throw him the ball. But no one did." Baby wins Boomer over with a wag of the tail and a lick of the nose, enlisting the older dog in play. The crowning moment is a spread showing Boomer as onlooker to the new puppy's masterpiece a paw-printed living room with a chewed-up shoe, knocked-over plant, and spilling goldfish bowl. The affectionate watercolors will find their audience in dog lovers and children with new siblings alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452118611
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Series: Boomer Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 490,515
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Constance McGeorge dedicates her time to writing children's books and painting. She lives with her husband, James, three dogs and a horse in Columbus, Ohio.

Mary Whyte is an accomplished artist best known for her watercolor paintings. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and their golden retriever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Boomer is great

    Great book for little ones with short attention span. Lot's of pictures with short sentences on a page.

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