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On a hot, dusty day, Joey, a young kangaroo, only wants to play. He plays all sorts of games with his friends: hide-n-sneak with Twisker the mouse, lots-of-knots with Slider the snake--but what to do when Sly-tooth the crocodile comes around and wants to play a game of SNAP! Quick thinking Joey saves the day by suggesting a game of tickle-the-tonsils instead. Full color.

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Overview

On a hot, dusty day, Joey, a young kangaroo, only wants to play. He plays all sorts of games with his friends: hide-n-sneak with Twisker the mouse, lots-of-knots with Slider the snake--but what to do when Sly-tooth the crocodile comes around and wants to play a game of SNAP! Quick thinking Joey saves the day by suggesting a game of tickle-the-tonsils instead. Full color.

Joey the kangaroo plays games with Twisker the bush mouse, Slider the snake, Prickler the echidna, Flatso the platypus, and Sly-tooth the crocodile.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vaughan provides enough energy and raw storytelling material in this Australian import to turn the most exhausted parent into a Scheherazade. As she did in Dorobo the Dangerous, Vaughan brings an ear-pleasing, rib-tickling sensitivity to language as she cooks up a unique animal tale. Joey, a kangaroo, invites a series of creatures to play. He plays "Hide-and-squeak" with a mouse, "Pass-the-mudpie" with a platypus, and so forth until a crocodile suggests his sly game"Snap!"and snaps his jaws shut around them all. But they tickle his tonsils until the "wiggling-jiggling, twittering-jittering, rollicking-frollicking, reeling-feeling zinging up and down and all around his bumpy body" forces a smile and out pop the animals. The zesty wordplay, repetition and rhyme make this a natural read-aloud. First-time illustrator Hutchinson's torn paper collages evoke stained glass with their suggestion of translucency. An illustrated endnote about the Australian animal cast rounds out this jazzy offering. Ages 3-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
From the land Down Under comes this tale of a little Joey who gets twisted up with some bad company-a snake and a crocodile. The baby kangaroo gets swallowed up by the croc, but finds the good sense to make it out again. Electric artwork, wild and fun, make the characters memorable.
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
Mama Roo and her curious, lively baby kangaroo, Joey, live on the banks of the Tumba-Rumba River. While Mama Roo takes a nap, Joey ventures out and entices Twisker Mouse, Slider Snake, Flatso Platypus and Prickler Porcupine to teach him their favorite games. All goes well until Sly-tooth, the crocodile, invites them all to participate in his game of SNAP! The crafty Joey then invents a new game that makes Sly-tooth laugh and open his mouth to let all of the animals out. With a distinctly Australian flavor, Vaughan uses poetic, rhyming, dialogue between Joey and the other characters to make the tale musical and memorable. Through exquisite water color and collage illustrations, Hutchinson constructs both the animal characters and the setting with an admirable amount of skill. The busy patterns constructing the animals' bodies contrast with the plain white background, suggesting that Joey has brought all of the other characters into his child-like world of play where nothing else matters. In addition to entertaining young readers, the story also educates: the last page features a glossary which gives the species, animal class, favorite food and special features of each animal in the text. While this tale could easily have ended tragically as do many folk tales, the author here highlights the ingenuity of a child so young that he still lives in his mother's pouch, demonstrating to child readers that curiosity may entice them away from the safety of home, but sharp wit will ensure that they return.
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PreS-Gr 3-On a "sun-hot, sky-dry day" along the Tumba-Rumba River, a kangaroo searches for a playmate. While Mama Roo naps in a shady spot, young Joey uses a jaunty rhyme to encourage the other animals to play, an invitation too enticing to resist. Twisker the bush mouse teaches him "hide-and-squeak," Slider the snake joins them for a game of "lots-of-knots," Flatso the platypus introduces "pass-the-mudpie," and Prickler the echidna gets everyone to "pick-up-quills." When Sly-tooth the crocodile slides down the riverbank, he is invited to join the fun. Anticipating an easy meal, he asks the smaller animals to crawl into his huge jaws for a game of "snap." Clever Joey quickly teaches the others "tickle-the-tonsils," and everyone lives to play another day. Vaughan's bouncy, sometimes rhyming text explodes with energy and enthusiasm. The creatures' names and games are cleverly constructed and fun to read aloud. The story builds quickly to the moment when the croc's jaws snap shut, a moment highlighted by staccato language and a dramatic, close-up illustration, and the resolution is fast-moving and satisfying. A glossary provides brief facts about the cast of characters. Contrasted against stark white backgrounds, Hutchinson's torn-paper collages suggest an arid, Australian landscape. The crocodile, with a mottled coat of mud-colored scales; the snake, resplendent in different shades of green; and the echidna, with quills that seem to stick up from the page, are particularly striking. Pair this with Mem Fox's Possum Magic (Harcourt, 1990) for a fun-filled trip down under.-Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Susan Dove Lempke
Mama Roo won't play, so Joey hops out of her pouch in search of other playmates. He gets Twisker the mouse to teach him "hide-and-squeak" and Slider the snake to teach "lots-of-knots." The three animals then join up with a platypus and an echidna, who teach other games. None of the animals cares much for Sly-tooth the crocodile's "Snap!" though, which traps the little group inside the crocodile's mouth until Joey comes up with a game to set them free. Lilting rhythm and wordplay give new zip to an old story, and Hutchinson's torn-paper collage illustrations, lively and intensely colored against a white background, seem almost three-dimensional. The large pages and the rollicking text are perfect for storytime, and the kids will love acting out the story.
Kirkus Reviews
Joey the kangaroo, bored during a hot, dusty afternoon, relishes learning new games from his friends in the Australian bush. He plays hide-and-squeak with Twister, a bush mouse; lots-of-knots with Slider, a snake; pick-up-quills with Prickler, an echidna; and pass-the-mudpies with Flatso, a platypus. When Joey invites a crocodile named Sly-tooth to join in the games, Sly-tooth tricks the animals into hiding in the cave made by his open mouth. SNAP! It takes one more unusual game to get them out, and readers will be delighted by the comic turn of events. Imaginative, original torn-paper collages are reminiscent of Susan Roth's best work and add immeasurably to the exotic locale of the tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590603775
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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