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Boing!
     

Boing!

by Sean Taylor, Bruce Ingman (Illustrator)
 
Dynamic duo Sean Taylor and Bruce Ingman present a boinging, bouncing comedy — and a masterful display of emergency trampolining skills.

Holy moly! A terrible thing has happened to the Great Elastic Marvel, five times World Trampolining Champion. There he is, practicing his deadly difficult, quadruple headfirst flip, when suddenly he flips right out a

Overview

Dynamic duo Sean Taylor and Bruce Ingman present a boinging, bouncing comedy — and a masterful display of emergency trampolining skills.

Holy moly! A terrible thing has happened to the Great Elastic Marvel, five times World Trampolining Champion. There he is, practicing his deadly difficult, quadruple headfirst flip, when suddenly he flips right out a window and plunges toward — gasp! — a zooful of lions, and — gasp! — a speeding railroad train — and, well, even more unthinkable dangers. Can his superduper springing skills save him from earning a title as the Man with Rubber Legs and His Bottom in Plaster?

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In this bouncy tall tale, "the Great Elastic Marvel, five times World Trampolining Champion (sometimes known as the Man with Rubber Legs, the Jumping Master)" accidentally dives out a window while leaping for his trampoline. "Oh my giddy gosh!" he cries. Miraculously, he ricochets off a tree branch just above the lion house at the zoo ("Hooplah!") and catapults high in the sky ("Boing!"). He drops toward a wide blue river ("Holy moly!"), only to light on a barge loaded with mattresses. "With a crisp salute to the captain," he's off again ("Hup!"). Narrowly escaping disaster, the skinny acrobat "boings" across the city with help from a telephone wire, an awning and a kettledrum. When he crashes to a halt back at home, his inattentive young son assumes he fell off the trampoline: "That jump needs some practice, Dad." Taylor (Small Bad Wolf) knows when to use broad strokes and when to supply details: "All it took was a back twist, a tuck, a side straddle... and the Great Elastic Marvel flew in through the window of his very own apartment." Ingman (Bad News! I'm in Charge!) paints the dynamic action with a reckless lan that matches the Great Elastic Marvel's attitude. His bird's-eye perspective lets him place the full-color Marvel in the foreground and give a quick-sketched background glimpse of upturned, surprised faces. Both he and Taylor get the hero from one slapstick scrape to the next, with plenty of fun-and the greatest of ease. Ages 5-8. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Great Elastic Marvel, the trampoline champion "Man with Rubber Legs" flips right out an open window while practicing, in this zany bit of nonsensical fun. He bounces from one impossible danger to another, managing to avoid hungry lions, the cold river, a train, "boing-ing" from place to place with appropriate comments. Just as it seems he will bounce safely back into his apartment, he misses the trampoline by a shoelace. Still, even encased in plaster in the hospital, he bounces on. The jumpy fantasy is accompanied by simple, child-like drawings, with an acrylic-painted Marvel and occasional touches of color. The use of manuscript writing for his gasps and cries of consternation and the huge "BOING!" add emphasis to his miraculous escapes and provide visual reinforcements to this odd tale. Adding to the fun is his son Felix, "too busy" to notice his father bounce out, but noting on his return that, "That jump needs some practice, Dad." 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-In this lively picture book, the Great Elastic Marvel, the five-time World Trampolining Champion, accidentally bounces out of his apartment window, landing on a tree branch and bouncing back into the sky. He continues on, narrowly escaping injury as he hurtles toward a barge (it's carrying mattresses), a speeding train, TV antennae on rooftops, and an outdoor orchestra. Bouncing off the kettledrum, he flies back into his apartment, but this time his shoelace snags on the window catch and he falls to the floor. The final pages show the man in a plaster cast in the hospital, but even broken bones do not keep him still as he turns flips over his roommates' privacy curtains. The humorous text includes hilarious one-liners from the Great Elastic Marvel; he calls out "Hooplah!" and "Holy Moly!" and "Blimey O'Reilly!" as he bounds from one exaggerated situation to the next. Repeated phrases add consistency and rhythm, and young listeners will join in and call out the most repeated word, "Boing!" Ingman's energetic acrylic paintings add to the humor; the bright illustrations with their black line details draw readers to the action on each spread. Save quiet, contemplative stories for bedtime and share this spirited book before recess or during an afternoon at the park.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Inspired perhaps by the superhuman leaps in martial arts or Spiderman movies, Taylor and Ingman follow a champion trampoliner dubbed the "Great Elastic Marvel" as he inadvertently catapults himself out of a high window, then narrowly escapes one deadly fall after another thanks to a pile of mattresses, an awning, and other conveniently placed springy surfaces. Ingram goes for a postmodern, Maira Kalman look, creating variously canted aerial scenes with swaths of violently contrasting color, compressed perspectives, and flat figures delineated by just a few strokes of pen or brush. His art offers some visual energy, but it never quite matches the stomach-dropping vertigo awaiting viewers of Mordicai Gerstein's Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2003). Having soared all over town, Great Elastic Marvel flies back through his window, crash-lands, and is last seen bouncing merrily through a hospital ward, impeded not at all by a plaster fanny-cast. You just can't keep a good trampolinist down-but that sense of wild motion isn't quite there. Good premise, but perhaps more suited to film than paper. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763624750
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Taylor says of BOING!, "It’s based on a true story. Or at least something I read in a newspaper once. Somewhere in Eastern Europe, a trampolining champion did accidentally jump out his own window. Apparently." Sean Taylor and his wife divide their time between São Paulo and London.

Bruce Ingman, the author-illustrator of BAD NEWS! I'M IN CHARGE!, has written and illustrated three children’s books, one of which won a Mother Goose Award. He has also illustrated for such magazines as British VOGUE. Bruce Ingman lives in London.

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