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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060839511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060839512
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1—In this swampy tale set "'neath the fat gold moon," a boy describes what he repeatedly hears: "Splish splash, rumba-rumba, bim bam BOOM!" With shaking hands and a pounding heart, he races through the "sludgy slime" with the mysterious creature at his heels before taking refuge in the branches of a willow tree. The boy's siblings come to retrieve him, followed by two cousins, but all end up high in the tree out of reach of the monster. Then just within arm's grasp of their dreaded adversary, the boy's mother calls for everyone to return; she understands all too well a kid's playful imagination and orders everyone, including "the monster," to get home and take a bath before bed. Lively, colorful cartoon characters set in inky black or deep blue moonlit scenes and offset by crisp, white pages add energy and suspense to the story. The repetitive chorus, a simple rhyming story line that will draw readers in, and the perennial appeal of books that are just "scary" enough make this title an appropriate addition.—Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR
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“Lively, colorful cartoon characters...add energy and suspense to the story. ... will draw readers in.” (School Library Journal)

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It's got such a great rhythm and the story is very cute.
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I would recommend this to anyone who loves to share an animated book with their little monsters. :)
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We have gotten this book from the library so many times that I decided to buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie S-W on March 12, 2009
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This book is so fun, I am Pta president at my childrens school and our school just had Kristyn Crow come for a all day presentation it was amazing the rhyming and rythm of her books are so fun my children who are 8,10,12 all loved both of her books. They listened to her speak today and also got their books autographed I would recommend her books for anyone with Children. The little boy on the cover of this book looks a lot like the illustrator and has admitted it's him to Mrs.Crow. She was amazing and so are her books. I can't wait for the middle child blues to come out as I will be purchaseing it for my middle childs birthday. Also has another book coming soon called the skeleton cat it looks really cute. You can't go wrong with Kristyn Crow books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MoHill on January 1, 2009
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We love the book. We got our copy at the library, where we get all the "new acquisitions". This one is a keeper - we'll have to go buy a copy. I changed the chant from rumba rumba to rumba bumba which is easier to say. love love love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
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I have a 18 month old daughter and we bought this book for her this month while at the Audubon Zoo Swamp fest. She couldn't wait for us to get home to read it to her.

It has now become a nightly ritual, with us reading it to her twice! It's even helped her be more cooperative in brushing her teeth (rumba rumba!).
As we live in Louisiana, adding the cajun accent isn't hard and the author has caught the cajun pattern of speech exactly.

I can't wait to get more books by Ms Crow as I am sure my daughter will enjoy them as much as she does this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By readergirl40 on September 3, 2010
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What a wonderful book! This is just the right amount of excitement (without being too scary) for the preschool/early elementary audience. The illustrations are fantastic, but it's the rhythm and the magic of Crow's writing that makes this book a must-have. So funny, and so much fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2008
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Book is super awesome. The kids and I love to read it together and find ourselves chanting it throughout the house. Very fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan B. Coles on April 15, 2010
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This book was smaller than I thought it would be, but it's a great book none-the-less.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FCT on February 1, 2009
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Great story, my two grandsons, ages 4 & 6 love the "Rumble,Rumble, bim bam boom"
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This book has it all - great story, fabulous artwork, terrific rhymes, a tiny bit of spookiness, lots of laughs, and a great finish. I used it in a children's program I presented at a dozen different public libraries and all the kids (over 500) loved it. It's easy to make up steps to go with the repetitive "chorus" of the book, too, which can make it interactive as well. Well written, much loved. (My 11 y.o. son just walked by and saw I was writing this review and said: Man! I LOVED that book!). It's a great book!
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