Children's Literature - Linda UhlenkottWhat happens when Bonnie Bumble eats 5 of the 6 plum turnovers that she's baked, then finds that she's turned upside down and can't reverse herself? Through a series of amusing illustrations that tell the non-reader the story, Helen Craig supports Phyllis Root's tale of Bonnie's misadventures as she tries to tend the farm animals from her upside down position. How will Bonnie solve her problem? This story offers children the possibility of predicting the solution for Bonnie as they enjoy following her through her day. The predictability of the story with clearly written text invites beginning readers to try reading this one themselves. At the same time, parents will enjoy reading Turnover Tuesday to their very young children.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-When Bonnie Bumble ate five of her six plum turnovers she "turned over upside down." In this position, chores are difficult to do (the milk splashed, the eggs smashed). The girl solves her problem by eating the last turnover upside down, thus turning herself right-side up once again. The book ends on a humorous note when Bonnie's dog eats the remaining crumbs and winds up in the same predicament. Beginning readers will be aided by the numerous picture clues painted with watercolors, watercolor pencils, and ink, and will find the layout appealing. However, the backwards "s" in the title word "Tuesday" is unfortunate in any book for new readers. This aside, the book will delight youngsters and work well as a companion to Audrey Wood's Silly Sally. (Harcourt, 1992).-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Kirkus ReviewsFive plum tarts baked for breakfast make Bonnie Bumble turn overþliterally! All day long she's upside down, wearing her hat on her toes, and her shoes on her hands. Collecting milk and eggs are nearly impossible, and the farm animals nibble on her hair and stick their tails in her face. Luckily there's one plum turnover left. When Bonnie gobbles it up, she goes full circle and lands back on her feet again. Everything's right side up, except for her pup, Spot, who nibbled some turnover crumbs. Craig's drawings give this companion to One Windy Wednesday (1996, not reviewed) a real boost, although she turns the adultish Bonnie Bumble (who bakes) of the text into a child-age character, capable of those flips. (Picture book. 3-6)
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