The Rattlebang Picnic

The Rattlebang Picnic

by Margaret Mahy, Steven Kellogg
     
 

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The McTavishes have piled into their old rattlebang car for a picnic on the top of Mount Fogg. But when the mountain starts to shake and red-hot lava erupts, the McTavishes hope that the old rattlebang can stay together long enough to save them from disaster! An original tall tale with an outrageously bizarre plot.[Mahy's] writing is vivid, funny, and full of details…  See more details below

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The McTavishes have piled into their old rattlebang car for a picnic on the top of Mount Fogg. But when the mountain starts to shake and red-hot lava erupts, the McTavishes hope that the old rattlebang can stay together long enough to save them from disaster! An original tall tale with an outrageously bizarre plot.[Mahy's] writing is vivid, funny, and full of details that will be dear to a child's heart. -- School Library Journal, starred review Margaret Mahy was awarded The Order of New Zealand, her country's highest honor, for her contribution to children's literature. She lives in New Zealand. Steven Kellogg is well known for his Pinkerton books, as well as his illustrations for the Jimmy's Boa books by Trinka Hakes Noble (all Dial and Puffin). He lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An eccentric family with a rattlebang car go picnicking on an active volcano in this tall tale PW called "absurdly amusing." Ages 5-7. (July)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Shift gears and hop in for the ride of your life with the 10 McTavishes on their Rattlebang Picnic. Heading up to Mount Fogg in their old car, all goes well til Granny brings out her infamous pizza, tough as an old boot, for lunch. Oh well, apples and muffins will do. The real hair-raising adventure begins when the mountain puts on its own show. Time to leave...the action and mayhem never stop.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-An original tall tale with an outrageously bizarre plot. When Jack and Marion McTavish get married, they have to decide between a ``wonderful, speedy car that never breaks down'' or a large family. They opt for children-seven of them-and an old rattlebang car. Meanwhile, Granny McTavish makes pizzas and pancakes that are so tough they can break sharks' teeth. One day, the entire family takes a picnic to the top of Mount Fogg, where they are caught by an erupting volcano. One of the inedible pizzas fills in for a wheel that has fallen off the old car, and the story ends happily. Only Mahy could concoct a story about an overcooked pizza saving a family from rivers of hot lava. Her writing is vivid, funny, and full of details that will be dear to a child's heart. And Kellogg's watercolors are a perfect match, adding to the air of deadpan chaos. For the lava, he has let his paints run together in an artful way, a departure from his usual contained look. Take children on this picnic, and you'll all enjoy the ride. A terrific picture book.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Ilene Cooper
When Jack McTavish marries Marion McGillicuddy, they decide they can afford either a wonderful, speedy car that doesn't break down or lots of children. Then they hit upon a compromise. They'll have just a few children--six or seven--and make do with an old rattlebang of a car. So seven children later, the McTavishes enjoy going on trips to places like Shark Park in their undersized, overstuffed green car. Also along for the ride is Granny McTavish, loved by the children except when it comes to the hard-as-rock pizzas she insists on making. This story has all the kick one would expect from another Mahy-Kellogg pairing. The family has wild adventures during their picnics on the beach and at the river, but when they head up to Mount Fogg, the fun really begins. Their clunker car bumps and grinds up the winding, rocky road. Coming down is harder. Mount Fogg is a volcano, and when the lava spits out, it's time to go. But the old rattlebang isn't up to the ride. It loses a wheel, and not until the kids come up with the idea of using one of Granny's pizzas in its stead are they able to flee the flow. Kellogg's chock-a-block pictures erupt, too--with kids, playthings, pizzas, and car parts. P.S.: Watch for the hippos sneaking into the artwork, runaways from "The Boy Who Was Followed Home" (1986).

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ISBN-13:
9780613086219
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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