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Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!

by Candace Fleming, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

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Surf’s up for a bunch of mischievous bunnies and one frazzled farmer in this beach-time read-aloud adventure.

Mr. McGreely had bunny problems.
He had bunnies in his garden.
Bunnies in his shed.
Bunnies in his cupboard.
Bunnies in his…BED!

Mr. McGreely has had it with irksome rabbits, so he dons his


Surf’s up for a bunch of mischievous bunnies and one frazzled farmer in this beach-time read-aloud adventure.

Mr. McGreely had bunny problems.
He had bunnies in his garden.
Bunnies in his shed.
Bunnies in his cupboard.
Bunnies in his…BED!

Mr. McGreely has had it with irksome rabbits, so he dons his swimsuit and a pair of goggles and gets ready for some time away at the beach. Little does he know, the bunnies have stowed away in his backseat! He also hadn’t known that the rascally rabbits have mad surfing and kite flying skills. His annoyance is at sunstroke level…until he sees a sign for a sandcastle-making contest, and realizes that teaming up with the pesky pufftails might just have some benefits.

From the creators of Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!, this read-aloud adventure comes complete with hilarious illustrations, bouncy language, and, of course, the cutest bunnies around.

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Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!, Mr. McGreely has had it with his “bunny problems,” so he packs up and heads to the beach. Naturally, the bunnies come along (“Tippy-tippy-tippy, pat! Click-click-snap!” goes the seat belt as the bunnies sneak into the back seat of his car). At the beach, the bunnies repeatedly and resoundingly outshine Mr. McGreely when it comes to collecting shells, flying kites, and “shooting the curls,” all building up toward a meltdown on the man’s part and an “if you can’t beat ’em” ending. Sunny bunny fun, through and through. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This third book in the “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Bunny” series finds Mr. McGreely trying to escape the three bunnies who drive him to distraction on a daily basis by going to the beach. However, Mr. McGreely soon finds that he has three unintended stowaways, and his enjoyment of the bright sunshine and golden sand is lessened dramatically as he watches the bunnies outdo him in finding seashells, flying a kite, and surfing the big waves. When Mr. McGreeley finally admits defeat during his attempt to make sand castles, he feels that his day is all but ruined; it is at that point that the bunnies “invite” Mr. McGreely to join them in their sand structure building and the four of them create a magical castle that draws everyone’s admiration. The illustrations for this book—rendered in gouache and acrylic with pencil—are bright and fun and add personality and humor throughout the book. This would be a fun addition to any elementary or family library. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
A dozen years since they first made an appearance, and not a day older or wiser, Fleming's three young cottontails return to bedevil Mr. McGreely (Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, 2002, etc.). The bunnies still have a few tricks up their sleeves to get under Mr. McGreely's skin. Where once they ate his garden to the ground, now they are doing their unintended best to undermine his vacation, one he has taken expressly to get away from the "floppyeared, pufftailed twitchwhiskers." They manage to stow away in his car, then happily join him on his beach towel. Mr. McGreely storms off to do some shell collecting ("No bunny—nohow, noway—is sharing my fun day"). He returns with paltry fragments that he is very proud of, only to find that the bunnies have found a trove of spectacular shells. His kite flies for two seconds—again, he's very proud—while the bunnies paraglide with their kite, and so on. In the end, there is a message about teamwork, which is not to be ignored, but it is Fleming's text that raises the bar of joy to such heights, with her quirky internal rhymes—"Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, grab!…Tippy-nab"—and descriptive language. Karas invests each character with acres of personality. It's a happy reunion with the bunnies for children, if a dubious one for Mr. McGreely. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Watch out, Mr. McGreely! The pesky trio of bunnies from Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! (S & S, 2002) are back in this continuing adventure. Mr. McGreely wants to take a beach day to get away from the rabbits. Readers will quickly guess who's going to stow away in the backseat of the car. They even "click, clack, snap" the three seatbelts in the style of imitation onomatopoeia, which peppers the entire story. Admirers of Karas's signature folksy illustrations will not be disappointed with the lively and whimsical depictions of Mr. McGreely being mildly dismayed to find the stowaways have followed him. Once again, he is plagued by a case of bunnies, who have a penchant for turning every pleasurable, mundanely beachy activity, such as shell-finding, into an intense competition, leaving poor McGreely infuriated and outmatched. He tries surfing and sinks as the bunnies sing, "cowa-bunny!" He is losing the sand castle contest and even starts to cry, until the bunnies save the day by lending a hand to the reluctant and downtrodden gardener. All together, bunnies and man work on the epic sand castle until McGreely is declared the winner, finally grinning and exclaiming, "Now THAT… was fun!" Appropriate for read-alouds and beach-themed lessons.—Ellie Lease, Harford County Public Library, MD

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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8.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.60(d)
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

G. Brian Karas has illustrated many children’s books, including Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! And Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming; Incredible Me by Kathi Appelt; the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant; and Ivan by Catherine Applegate, which was a New York Times bestseller. His books have been named ALA Notables, Booklist Editor Choices, SLJ Best Books, and Boston Globe Horn Book Honor books. He lives in upstate New York. Visit him online at GBrianKaras.com.

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