Overboard!
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Overboard!

by Sarah Weeks, Sam Williams
     
 

Sweet little baby bunny is as cute as can be, but turn your back for just one minute and--uh-oh, he's throwing everything overboard! The peachy peaches are going overboard! Squeaky, leaky rubber ducky? He's overboard! And so are the jammies and the diapers and everything else within reach. And when it's finally time to settle down for bedtime, the baby bunny has

Overview


Sweet little baby bunny is as cute as can be, but turn your back for just one minute and--uh-oh, he's throwing everything overboard! The peachy peaches are going overboard! Squeaky, leaky rubber ducky? He's overboard! And so are the jammies and the diapers and everything else within reach. And when it's finally time to settle down for bedtime, the baby bunny has one last surprise!

Sarah Weeks's charming rhythmic text and Sam Williams's sweet appealing illustrations have come together in a book that mischievous toddlers will want to read again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Weeks (Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash) and Williams (No More Diapers for Ducky!, reviewed above) demonstrate a toddler's seemingly endless fascination with what happens when anything is tossed over the side of, well, everything. This chipper, well-observed book catalogues a host of possible variations on the theme. As Bunny launches aerial bombardments from a highchair, crib, bathtub, stroller and other familiar vantage points, Weeks's rhymes savor the havoc wreaked with every toss, as in this mealtime example: "Drippy, slippy-slidey peaches/ Peachy peaches, nice and fat./ Peaches going.../ overboard!/ Peaches, peaches,/ splat! splat! splat!" Williams's bright saturated colors, charcoal outlines, distilled and cozily familiar compositions as well as an adorable hero or heroine (with an equally charming mouse sidekick) ensure that every fling bubbles with mischievous fun (in one spread, Bunny gives a rubber ducky a fond embrace, then hurls it across the bathroom). The book's ebullience does take a break for one moment of figurative gravity-when the long-eared protagonist becomes determined to toss a toy elephant from the top of a precipitous-looking set of stairs: "Bunny overboard?/ Oh my!/ Good thing Mama's/ right close by." One suspects this vignette was included to assuage grown-ups who spend 95% of their waking hours cleaning up after their overboard-o-philes-a figure, by the way, that is likely to rise to 100% once the kids get hold of this charmer. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This colorful volume celebrates that familiar game of power executed by all babies—tossing things out of highchair, changing table, bath, or bed. Baby Rabbit is egged on in his adventures by his little mouse friend. Rhyming text paired with lively illustrations fills each spread as Baby Rabbit gleefully pitches from his perch food, rubber ducky, clothes, toys, wipes, books, and nearly himself. Mama comes to the rescue just in time, and all ends well with hugs, a nap, and just one more lob which provides the gleeful conclusion. Parents, babysitters, and toddlers will take joy in the exuberance spilling from the pages and laugh at memories triggered by the story. This is truly a book for sharing. 2006, Harcourt, Ages 2 to 5.
—Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
PreS-This book celebrates the great joy toddlers have in tossing or pulling things "overboard!" With a thick black line and solid expanses of vibrant color-be it orange, green, or fuchsia-the illustrations are animated and energetic. A mischievous duo, a bunny and a mouse, are giddy instigators, cheering as they send a bowl of peaches flying, "splat! splat! splat!" off of the highchair, or as the rubber ducky gets flung out of the tub. Then there's the backpack that's pulled off the table, resulting in a rewarding picnic lunch on the floor and the book that's pushed off the shelf, causing a mess of spilled paint. All of the fun progresses without reprimands but, fortunately, Mama is nearby when bunny goes overboard off the steps. Then it's off to bed but not before one last exuberant, "overboard!" The large, uncluttered illustrations on backgrounds of solid color create the energy while the rhyming text sets the stage for the persistent antics of bunny and mouse. This book is meant to be read aloud with gleeful audience participation each time the page is turned with another delight-filled exclamation.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A toddler bunny's favorite game is to fling things "Overboard!" Food off his highchair and stroller, items out of his crib, things up on the table, books off the shelf. Nothing is safe, including bunny himself when he almost takes a tumble off the stairs. Luckily, Mommy is nearby to catch him and tuck him into bed. Rollicking rhymes, onomatopoeia and youngsters' sure delight in the not-so-naughty acts of the toddler make this a great read-aloud. "Squeaky, leaky rubber ducky. / Lucky ducky time to fly. / Rubber ducky . . . overboard! / Rubber ducky, bye, bye, bye." Williams's illustrations are adorable-bunny's parents would have a hard time staying angry with someone so cute. Youngsters will enjoy the antics of bunny's mouse sidekick, who is small enough to ride some of the tossed items . . . or at least feast on the edible bits. Bright colors, large illustrations and sweet facial expressions make this a must-share. But beware: Every toddler's true favorite game is mimic. This one might best be enjoyed by the older siblings who pick up after a toddler, or by those who have narrowly escaped toddler-hood. Delightful-for those beyond this baby stage. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152050467
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


SARAH WEEKS is the award-winning author of numerous middle grade novels and children's books, the latter including My Somebody Special, illustrated by Ashley Wolff, and Who's Under That Hat?, created with David A. Carter. She lives in New York City.

SAM WILLIAMS is the talented illustrator of many books for children, including Little Red by Sarah Ferguson, and Pea Pod Babies, Tumble Me Tumbily, and Snuggle Me Snuggly by Karen Baicker. He lives in England.

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