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"This picture book reads like an instant classic.... Oh, yes!" raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Young children will delight in repeating the refrain "OH, NO!" as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators?Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann?feels like a classic-in-the-making. Fans of Rohmann's Caldecott Medal?-winning My Friend Rabbit, ...

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Overview

"This picture book reads like an instant classic.... Oh, yes!" raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

Young children will delight in repeating the refrain "OH, NO!" as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators—Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann—feels like a classic-in-the-making. Fans of Rohmann's Caldecott Medal­-winning My Friend Rabbit, will be thrilled to see a new book created in the same expressive and comical style.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
What a match!…Lots of rhythmic repetition makes this a winner for 3- and 4-year-olds. They'll also enjoy Rohmann's lush woodblock prints and beat-by-beat panels…[his] beasts are gorgeously expressive.
—Pamela Paul
Publishers Weekly
In this first collaboration from Fleming (Clever Jack Takes the Cake) and Rohmann (Bone Dog), jungle animals tumble one by one into a deep pit: “Frog fell into a deep, deep hole. Ribbit-oops! Ribbit-oops!” The rhythm of the lines recalls the old favorite “Frog Went A-Courtin’,” and the story’s chain of accidents and bumbling characters are friendly, familiar devices, too. Mouse falls in trying to rescue Frog, Loris tumbles down from a tree, Sun Bear’s rescue attempt fails, Monkey’s swing from a vine goes wrong, but—just as Tiger looms above—they’re all rescued by a kindly elephant. It sounds like light fare, but Rohmann’s magnificent woodblock-style prints give it unexpected dignity. The jungle pit is as spacious as a cathedral, and the animals somersault into it like Olympic divers in slow motion. Humor prevails, though, with piquant sound words (“The ground bumble-rumbled and quake-shake-quaked”), speech balloons floating up out of the pit, and glimpses of the tiger’s tail and paws. It’s a book with the feel of an older classic—and it may well become one. Ages 3–7. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
With text that begs to be read aloud and sumptuous illustrations made by a master printmaker, this picture book reads like an instant classic. Jacket art populated by several animals that appear in the story establishes the Asian jungle setting: A toothsome tiger lurks, while a loris, mouse and frog cower on front and back boards. The palette is rich with shades of brown, green, orange and bluish-gray, and the cover's scene carries over on to endpapers that show Tiger stalking Frog. The chase continues across frontmatter pages until the first spread reads: "Frog fell into a deep, deep hole. Ribbit-oops! Ribbit-oops!" Dramatic visual perspective captures Frog's fall, and the following spread shows Tiger settling in for his next move on his prey. As Tiger waits, a speech balloon heralds the titular cry, "Oh, no!" Clearly, Frog is in trouble, and on ensuing pages, several animals make rescue attempts, only to fall into the hole as well. Finally, a trumpeting, stomping elephant arrives and uses its trunk to save almost all of the trapped animals: Tiger (who had tried to get to the animals with dinner rather than rescue on his mind), falls into the hole on a prior spread, and after the elephant's valiant rescue, they all cry "Oh, no!" when he cries for help. Oh, yes! This is a terrific new picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)
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School Library Journal Best of Children's Books 2012

Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 1, 2012:
“Fleming’s bouncing rhymes and repeated lines…entice readers into an enjoyable delivery complete with snarled sound effects and onomatopoeic exclamations.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 9, 2012:
“It’s a book with the feel of an older classic—and it may well become one.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2012:
“With text that begs to be read aloud and sumptuous illustrations made by a master printmaker, this picture book reads like an instant classic . . . Oh, yes! This is a terrific new picture book.”

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A tiger stalks hungrily around the title on the jacket and through the bamboo forest on the front end pages toward a frog; it leaps out on the title page after the frog. The text, filled with amusing word play, repetition, and rhyme, begins when Frog falls "into a deep, deep hole. Ribbit-oops! Ribbit-oops!" Tiger watches. The hole is so deep that Frog can't get out. "Oh, no!" he says from the bottom. Mouse tries to reach down, but falls in as well, with two more of the "Oh, no!" cries. And the cries multiply as first Loris, then Sun Bear, and then Monkey, each in their own way tries to help but falls in. Tiger slinks over to them, licking his teeth at the feast to come, when with three "BA-BOOM!" rumbles, Elephant comes to the rescue, leaving Tiger in the hole. Only his paws are seen emerging on the back end pages. Strong relief prints using the reduction method produce the jungle greens and bamboo verticals plus the anxious animals; large pages have room for the relatively few large print words of text. The naturalistic animals play their dramatic roles with gusto. The paper jacket is designed so that the flaps integrate with the story's beginning and end on the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375842719
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 83,908
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CANDACE FLEMING's most recent picture books include Clever Jack Takes the Cake and Imogene's Last Stand, and she is also the author of the nonfiction titles The Great and Only Barnum; The Lincolns, and Amelia Lost. 

ERIC ROHMANN is a painter, printmaker, and fine bookmaker. His books for children include Time Flies, recipient of a Caldecott Honor Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Awesome

    This book is sexy

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Returning

    Bad feeling in the end when the tiger is left in the hole

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    I thought this was a really good book.  This book does talk abou

    I thought this was a really good book.  This book does talk about how one animal would not help the other animals out of the hole.  This book shows how the different characters of the book as for help but one animal keeps on saying no.  These books shows how character.  This books shows children the role of a "bad guy" and how they treat other people.  It also shows how students should really treat people.

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