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Mangaboom Hardcover – April 15, 1997


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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (April 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688129560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688129569
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,817,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. An original and entertaining story with a traditional fairy-tale flavor. Even before the title page, readers encounter a young lad beholding a rather unusual sight: a very big pink slipper with a bright yellow bow that serves as a tree-house mail box. By the second page of illustration, the boy steps into the shoe, takes the letters in hand, and is hauled up into a mango tree. As the boldly colored paintings indicate, the recipient of the letters is indeed larger than life, a lady giant named Mangaboom who stands 19-feet tall and is very congenial. The two immediately strike up a friendship and plunge into the task at hand?finding a suitable suitor for Mangaboom. Neither Tito nor Fito nor Hernando-Fernando, giant suitors presented at her aunt's afternoon tea, will do. Fortunately, Grizwaldo, a love-letter writing giant who lives in a jacaranda tree, turns out to be the love of her life, and they live happily ever after. Mangaboom is a mix of female determination and femininity, strong enough to choose the man of her dreams while wearing a dress adorned with lace and flowers. The large, lush, watercolor-and-gouache paintings are filled with textures and hues that evoke the tropical setting. Written in short paragraphs with lots of dialogue, this tale will make an amusing read-aloud.?Susan Pine, New York Public Library
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From Booklist

Ages 5^-9. Far from the macho action of Jack the Giantkiller, this gorgeously illustrated romance is about a boy named Daniel who climbs to the top of a huge mango tree and finds a friendly, gorgeous Latina lady giant named Mangaboom, who is 19 feet tall and weighs more than 600 pounds. She likes to climb trees and skinny-dip and turn cartwheels on the beach. She takes Daniel to tea with her auntie, who wants Mangaboom to meet three eligible suitors; but they believe a woman should do what she's told and stay in the house, and Mangaboom will have none of that. "Not in my house," she roars. Kids will enjoy the parody of fairy tale traditions ("My, what a nice time we have had . . . Fee fi fo, hello") and the exuberance of Lobel's watercolor and gouache pictures. Mangaboom is so big and beautiful she is bursting out of the large-size pages with her purple high-heeled shoes, her thick red hair, her flowing flowered dress, and her spectacles. When she does find a man who loves her for herself, he looks a lot like an adult Daniel, and the final scene is an Edenic view of the beach. Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Charlotte Pomerantz was born in Brooklyn, NY; she and her husband raised their two children in Manhattan. Charlotte has had stories, poems, and articles in anthologies, in Publishers Weekly and The New York Times Book Review. She is coauthor of a book and lyrics for a musical, EUREKA!, performed at the Bruce Walt Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

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▪ THE MOUSERY won the Christopher Award.
▪ THE HALF-BIRTHDAY PARTY and THE MANGO TOOTH were Junior Literary Guild selections.
▪ TAMARINDO PUPPY was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a Reading Rainbow Book.
▪ IF I HAD A PAKA was cited as an Honor Book in the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards.
▪ THE PRINCESS AND THE ADMIRAL won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.
▪ THE DAY THEY PARACHUTED CATS ON BORNEO was chosen for the International Board on Books for Young People for the International Year of the Child.
▪ HOW MANY TRUCKS CAN A TOW TRUCK TOW won the Children's Book of the Year Award, Library of Congress.
▪ PIGGY IN THE PUDDLE won the New York Times Outstanding Picture Book of the Year.






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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Alexander on January 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My family, including my 8-year-old daughter, love this book. The illustrations are great, the story fun and straight forward, and the ending a delightful surprise. Why does the Grizwaldo look so much like Daniel? What my family most likes about the book is the strongly positive female role model. We have many books with strong females, but Mangaboom has a light, joyful self assuredness that we have seldom seen. Really a winner.
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By Agatha Marple on December 24, 2013
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
My daughter loved this when she was in early elementary. I bought it as a Christmas gift when she was a college student for the memories it would evoke.
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By David P. Laduca on December 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
library stickers, stamped discarded, I would prefer to know this up front. Spanish edition here refers to two spanish words to each page of English. Dora the explorer speaks more Spanish than this book.
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