Jimmys Boa And the Bungee Jump Slam Dunkby Trinka Hakes Noble, Steven Kellogg
Jimmy's boa constrictor creates havoc in his gym class and his antics lead to the formation of an unusual basketball team.
Publishers WeeklyThe boa constrictor from The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash creates more merry mayhem when a basketball practice and a dance lesson comically collide in Jimmy's Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk by Trina Hakes Noble, illus. by Steven Kellogg. Rendered in ink and pencil line, watercolor wash and acrylic paint, Kellogg's detail-filled art chronicles these zany goings-on with characteristic vitality and wit. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThe fourth in the acclaimed adventures of Jimmy and his boa goes where no boa constrictor has gone before: into the school gym. The droll tongue-in-cheek narration of Meggie to her mom recounts an afternoon of dance lessons and basketball in which Jimmy's boa learns to tango (read "tangle") as well as how to slam dunk a basketball. This is one of those picture books in which the author's story is only the starting point for the illustrations. Trinka Hakes Nobles' story is adequate, but when you've got Steven Kellogg doing the artwork a Newbery prizewinner would be buried. Kellogg swoops and swings and slam dunks with his boa. His dowdy dance instructor and manly coach—not to mention all those happy, healthy kids—have been done by him before. But who cares? The final exuberance is what counts. And this latest chapter in the series is cram-packed with exuberance. 2003, Dial, Ages 3 to 8.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Jimmy's pet reptile's latest high jinks involve a flamboyant, determined dance-school instructor; a waltzing poodle; the cheerful basketball coach for "The Scream Team"; exuberant rabbits; and, of course, the oversized, playfully helpful boa himself. The day's events are related by Jimmy's classmate Meggie to her amazed and horrified mother. When Miss Peachtree and her poodle Peaches, in matching powder-blue-and-yellow outfits, take over the gym and try to teach the students the tango-or, "tangle"-the snake becomes the star of the court/dance floor. Kids will love the b-ball terminology in this outrageous melange of sport and dance, and will take delight in the coach's selection of players-both animal and human-for his new team. Kellogg is at his finest here: the humorous, detailed art, done in ink and pencil line, watercolor washes, and acrylic paints, depicts a wide range of emotions, and one can believe that a dappled-orange boa with hurt feelings will cry. A highly entertaining treat to share with young (and old) children.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsJimmy and his conniving snake are back, creating confusion, bedlam, and havoc in a series of calamities. What starts as regular basketball practice turns into a riotously funny fracas when Jimmy and his boa enter the scene along with the basketball coach, a trampoline, a waltzing poodle, Miss Peachtree the dancing teacher, and a herd of bouncing rabbits (readers will love those rabbits). Kellogg's characteristic ink, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations visualize the frenzy in this fourth story about Jimmy and his boa. As with the others, the good thing/bad thing device is cleverly worked out as Jimmy's boa saves the day. It's another slam-dunk for Jimmy fans. (Picture book. 4-7)
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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