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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Hardcover – January 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Anne Schwartz Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689831528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689831522
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

After years of dreaming of planting a garden, Mr. McGreely finally takes hoe and watering can in hand and makes his dream come true. Unfortunately for him (but luckily for readers), this is not the happily-ever-after part of the story. Late one night, three hungry bunnies appear: "Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" The next morning finds our farmer gnashing his teeth over the gnawed sprouts. So he builds a small wire fence. That night... "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" So Mr. McGreely builds a tall wooden wall. You get the idea. Young readers will hang on every word until they find out, once and for all, who will win the battle of the broccoli.

Packed with repetitive and onomatopoeic phrases, Candace Fleming's tale of man against nature will keep kids giggling--it may even inspire them to chomp on a few carrots themselves! G. Brian Karas's lively illustrations in gouache and pencil are full of visual wit, as the audacious "twitch-whiskers" patiently watch Mr. McGreely at his seemingly futile endeavors. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

This onomatopoeic romp opens calmly, with a hopeful gardener planting a vegetable patch behind his brownstone house. Bright green leaves sprout from the rich soil. " `Yum! Yum! Yummy!' said Mr. McGreeley. `I'll soon fill my tummy with crisp, fresh veggies.' " He doesn't notice a cottontail trio watching expectantly from the garden wall. "And the sun went down. And the moon came up. And / Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat!/ Spring-hurdle,/ Dash! Dash! Dash!/ Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" The brazen "twitch-whiskers" hop and dig their way to a fresh-picked salad, and Mr. McGreeley awakens to a row of gnawed stems. Karas (Saving Sweetness), who works in chalky gray pencil with brick-red, kale-green and creamy-yellow gouache, pictures the bunnies waiting patiently as the incensed Mr. McGreeley builds a wire fence, a moat and an enormous cinderblock tower with searchlights. Fleming (Gabriella's Song) demonstrates an ear for language as the suburban farmer battles his furry foes, night after night. The ritual culminates in the "gotcha" finale, in which the rabbits seem defeated, only to burst into view with a vigorous repeat of the title. Fleming and Karas demonstrate great comic timing in this high-spirited tale of one-upmanship. Ages 3-7.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


More About the Author

I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth. But I wasn't. I didn't have a three-legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I'd certainly never been to Paris, France. I simply enjoyed telling a good story... and seeing my listener's reaction.

Sure, some people might have said I was a seven-year old fibber. But not my parents. Instead of calling my stories "fibs" they called them "imaginative." They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper. I did. And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn't stop. I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays. I still have many of those notebooks. They're precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on.

In second grade, I discovered a passion for language. I can still remember the day my teacher, Miss Johnson, held up a horn-shaped basket filled with papier-mache pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word "cornucopia." I said it again and again, tasted the word on my lips. I tested it on my ears. That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting, "Cornucopia! Cornucopia!" From then on, I really began listening to words--to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel. I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful, and yet told a story.

As I grew, I continued to write stories. But I never really thought of becoming an author. Instead, I went to college where I discovered yet another passion--history. I didn't realize it then, but studying history is really just an extension of my love of stories. After all, some of the best stories are true ones -- tales of heroism and villainy made more incredible by the fact they really happened.

After graduation, I got married and had children. I read to them a lot, and that's when I discovered the joy and music of children's books. I simply couldn't get enough of them. With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library. I read stacks of books. I found myself begging, "Just one more, pleeeeease!" while my boys begged for lights-out and sleep. Then it struck me. Why not write children's books? It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved: stories, musical language, history, and reading. I couldn't wait to get started.

But writing children's books is harder than it looks. For three years I wrote story after story. I sent them to publisher after publisher. And I received rejection letter after rejection letter. Still, I didn't give up. I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book. My career as a children's author had begun.

For more information visit my website: www.candacefleming.com.

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This is one of my daughter's favorite books!
Jamie Skubic
I recently read this to my preschool class and they all enjoyed it as well.
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The story is very cute, clever, and entertaining.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on May 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
How does Mr. McGreely keep three hungry bunnies away from his garden? Well, in MUNCHA MUNCHA MUNCHA he finds an answer -- or does he? This book is just meant to be read aloud, as the repetitive words become fun sound effects. The colorful illustrations of the three bunnies are consistently drawn throughout, letting you follow them one at a time if you want. It's a short, oversized book. And it's really funny. Kids (recommended for ages 3-7 but you'll have just as much fun as they do) will want to hear it again and again for the sounds. Ham it up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tina Bear on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is our sons' favorite book right now!! I read it to their pre-school class one day and had the kids act out the MUNCHA MUNCHA MUNCHA with me. We all loved it! It is an interesting tale with great illustrations. It's a great way to get kids excited about eating vegetables that they might not like to try otherwise. Highly recomended by our 6 year old, and our two four year olds. Awesome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on February 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Both my 1 1/2 year old and 4 year old love this book. The love to yell "muncha, muncha, muncha" as the bunnies raid Mr. McGreeley's garden. We laugh as each method he tries becomes more elaborate. The easy words and repetition makes this fun for toddlers too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bettie Fisher on February 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mr. McGreely has dreamed for years of having a vegetable garden. He finally plants one, but is most dismayed and discouraged when rabbits get into it and "muncha, muncha, muncha" his veggies.He goes to great lengths to keep them out, but these are very resourceful bunnies. He finally succeeds in keeping them out during the night, but keep an eye on the pictures! As he dances in celebration, the bunnies sneak into his gathering basket and he takes them into the garden himself! This will be a fun read-aloud.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Hamilton on June 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old son loves this book. The story is easy to follow and has that repetitive style that small children love. The battle between the sneeky bunnies and Mr McGreely is great, and builds to a very amusing ending. I have read this story every night now for the past 3 months and I am sure that I will be reading it for at least another 3 - Muncha, Muncha, Muncha!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
At last! A book that secretly promotes the benefits of "yummy vegetables" without drumming the lesson into the heads of innocent children! Candace Fleming has penned a fun frolicsome tale of bunnies, gardeners, and ingenious methods of munching. In this tale, Mr. McGreely (why is it that bunnies always run into conflicts with men sporting Irish or Scottish names?) decides to fill his tiny backyard plot with vegetables of his own growing. As his veggies grow, however, three inspired rabbits set about eating the delicious greens. The more complex Mr. McGreely's defenses grow (walls, moats, and eventually an enormous maximum security system that defies belief) the more adept the bunnies become at scaling, burrowing, and otherwise getting past the blockages.
It's a little amazing that Mr. McGreely even HAS any vegetables left at the end of the tale, if the bunnies are so doggone hungry. I half expected the moral of the story to disintegrate into some preachy morality tale where Mr. McGreely learns that walls may keep out the bunnies but they also keep out the sun and the veggies die. As it happens, veggies aren't particularly upset by walls, though it becomes clear that Mr. McGreely truly has built them in vain. This is really just a classic story of the little guys beating the big guy through style and cunning.
Candace Flemings text is jumpy and bouncy (just like the hares themselves). Here's a two page spread of the text accompanying pictures of bunnies swimming the moat, scaling the walls, and settling down to eat.
"Tippy-tippy-tippy, pat!
Dive-paddle, splash! Splash! Splash!
Dig-scrabble,
Scratch! Scratch! Scratch!
Spring-hurdle,
Dash! Dash! Dash!
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!"
That's catchy stuff. Sadly, I wasn't as taken by G.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mason on June 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son and I first came across this book at the library when he was 2. He loved it! Then we didn't read it for over a year and recently came across it again, he is now 4. We read it every night. He repeats all the bunny sounds and what Mr. McGreely says. He asks lots of questions about what is going on in the pictures. This is a great book with fun repetitive phrases that kids latch onto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hufford on August 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute story. My boys mainly enjoyed how the main character's efforts to protect his veggies kept getting bigger and bigger. I enjoy this book too!
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