Under the Mishmash Trees

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NONSENSE IS THE BEST SENSE! A silly starter novel!

“Thank you, madam, thank you from the bottom of my heart and the bottom of my stomach and the bottom of my bottom!” Wollycobble, a slobbadunk, has been a martyr to indigestion for as long as he can remember, so when Ut, a compassionate gombrazil cures him of his burps and belches, she makes a lifelong friend. Dick King-Smith, master of animal stories, creates a wonderfully silly, nonsense world filled with memorable animals of ...

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Overview


NONSENSE IS THE BEST SENSE! A silly starter novel!

“Thank you, madam, thank you from the bottom of my heart and the bottom of my stomach and the bottom of my bottom!” Wollycobble, a slobbadunk, has been a martyr to indigestion for as long as he can remember, so when Ut, a compassionate gombrazil cures him of his burps and belches, she makes a lifelong friend. Dick King-Smith, master of animal stories, creates a wonderfully silly, nonsense world filled with memorable animals of his own creation.

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Another short, cozy animal (to use the term loosely) tale from the master of same. Here a polite, peaceable “slobbadunk” named Tumblerum Wollycobble—portrayed in Bruel’s many scenes and spots as a purple glob with blubbery lips and one big eye—forms a long association with married couple Og and Ut and their offspring, who are many-legged “gombrizils.” So grateful is Tum after Ut (the wife and, of course, the brains of the couple) cures its rumbustious digestion by adding meat (in the form of fat “swoots”) to its vegetarian diet and performs other favors, that it volunteers to tend both her own egg and the two that her daughter Okay lays years afterward. That’s about it for plot, but the names are so silly, and Bruel does such a masterful job of depicting the blobby cast (in spots the gombrizils look like proto-Simpsons) that early-reader graduates can’t help but break out in giggles. (Fantasy. 7-9)

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
A book of nonsensical creatures with absurd names and unlikely appearances will send young readers into roars of laughter. The gombrazils are seven-legged creatures. Tumblerum Wollycobble is one of the slobbadunks, creatures with no legs. Tumblerum is more aware of differences but learns about the value of others as he makes new friends. In fact, lots of creatures will need to work together in new ways to overcome the challenges of a terrible storm. When Tum is trapped under a fallen branch, it will take a united effort to save him. The fanciful feel of the story is reinforced by Bruel's funny drawings of the crazy creatures. The glob-like slobbadunks are particularly hilarious. One caution: the characters discuss divorce in an off-handed way as if it is an unimportant decision. This might be difficult for children whose parents are divorced or considering divorce. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
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Gr 2-5

Mishmash is the appropriate name for this assemblage of wacky characters who look like amoebas on steroids and have outlandish names. Add unimaginative dialogue and a meandering story line and you end up with this book. Readers are introduced to Og and his wife Ut, both multilegged gombrizils, and Tumblerum Wollycobble, the slobbadunk, a one-eyed blob that is both male and female. Ut cures Tumblerum's chronic indigestion and the genial slobbadunk helps Og and Ut hatch their egg. What follows is a story about friendship and family but the overuse of made-up words weakens the presentation. Fans of the prolific author and talented illustrator might be interested in this offering, but they'll need a high tolerance for nonsense to embrace it.-Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596433250
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 7.13 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith is the author of this season’s Dinosaur Trouble (see page 14). He lives in the west of England.

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