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Mammoth Imagination

Mammoth Imagination

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by Philip Ross Norman, Philip R. Norman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his debut, The Carrot War , Norman pitted antagonistic rabbits against one another in a battle for their favorite food; this time, he reverses that premise by making ordinarily menacing creatures seem cuddly. Here, wild boars romp in a dense forest complete with caverns and gigantic trees. Exhibiting a certain Old World cultivation, these leisurely behaved boars harvest mushrooms, uncork bottles of vino and dine al fresco around a long wooden table. While the adults feast, Bonbon, a young boar, plays in the woods. He insists he's seen mammoths there, but everyone knows mammoths are extinct. Undeterred, Bonbon follows some huge, round tracks one day, and actually meets a friendly herd of the shaggy beasts. Soaring trees and snowy clearings dominate each spread, and the characters appear tiny in comparison to their surroundings; Bonbon and the mammoths look soft and furry, like so many stuffed toys. Norman's gentle tale generates feelings of anticipation, adroitly tuning in to children's fantasies of meeting some fantastic, benevolent creature deep in the wilderness. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Bonbon is a wild boar with a difference--he likes to play, while the others of his ilk spend all their time searching for and consuming quantities of food. One day, he discovers a herd of mammoths and makes friends with them. When the boars ask him to play the next day, Bonbon answers as he goes off into the forest, ``No thanks . . . I'll have more fun with my mammoth imagination!'' Although stressing the joys of imaginative play, the text is weak and in places unclear--are there really mammoths? There is no real indication one way or the other. The cartoons are executed in orange, brown, yellow, and teal against a wintery backdrop. Unfortunately, at times Bonbon is almost indistinguishable from the mammoths except by size, as they all are the same color and have tusks. Also, the seasons seem to change from page to page. Martin's Will's Mammoth (Putnam, 1989) and Gerrard's Mik's Mammoth (Farrar, 1990) are more satisfying picture books for aficionados of the prehistoric age.-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA
Kay Weisman
Bonbon, a wild boar of enormous imagination, is fascinated by mammoths. One day, while the grown-ups--Burper, Muncher, and Dribbles--are busy feasting and resting, little Bonbon becomes bored and wanders off to play. While building a snow boar, he notices some large footprints, and, following them into the forest, comes face to face with a herd of furry mammoths. They invite him to play, and he spends the day with these gentle giants, returning home just in time for bed. Realizing that no one will believe where he has been, Bonbon keeps his adventure a secret, knowing that he can go back to play with his new friends again. The brightly colored, comical illustrations mesh nicely with the text's understated humor. The boars' obsession with food (each sleeps with goodies stashed nearby) will elicit chuckles from young listeners, and Bonbon's independence and imagination are appealing as well. A cozy atmosphere and memorable characters make this a great choice for imaginative children. Pair it with Gerrard's "Mik's Mammoth" (1990) or Martin's "Will's Mammoth" (1989).

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Little, Brown and Company
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift when I was a small child. It was a wonderful story with lovely illustrations. I haven't seen it since I was small but it has stuck in my mind. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a fun book for a small child.