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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash Hardcover – January 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803717237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803717237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both of my girls (5 and 3) love this book!
Rebecca J Dacey
This is silly, fun, a wonderful picture book for the young, and a great beginning reading book for the child just learning to read.
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This was one of my favorite books as a child and it's only gotten better now that I am reading it to my child.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Long ago, when I was young and innocent in the ways of the world, I first heard of "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" on the popular PBS television show Reading Rainbow. After LeVar Burton introduced the child viewers to the nature of farms and farm life we listened to a reading of this book and I took a great deal of pleasure in its pictures and storytelling. Unfortunately, television was then (and remains today to be) incapable of displaying this book properly. Like all Kellogg illustrated creations, the story is filled to the brim with tiny delightful details that compete with one another for the viewer's attention. Reading this book on my own some twenty odd years later, I can finally settle down and enjoy this combination of delicate text and fantastic illustrations as I was menat to all those years ago.

A girl comes home to make herself a sandwich and chat with her mom after a long day on a class trip to the farm. The girl's story works backwards at the beginning. Slowly, tantalizingly, she leaks out the details of the trip. After all, it didn't really get exciting until the cow started crying. When asked, the girl admits that the cow was crying because the farmer hit a haystack on top of her. Why did he do that? Well, he was distracted by the pigs that had overrun the bus. And so it goes. Slowly the mother gets the full story of how fellow classmate Jimmy took his boa constrictor (a dew-eyed sweetie pie of a snake) to the farm and how all havok broke loose as a result. In the end, Jimmy left the boa there and adopted one of the pigs that never left the bus. The parting shot is of our narrator, suited up with Jimmy in silver racing outfits, barreling down a park path with the new pet pig in the back seat.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
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A funny romp through the farm with a boa constrictor that doesn't do what we would predict. Jimmy's boa slithers around the hen house, but does it eat any chickens? It does scare a lot of animals, but doesn't eat any of them. The silly thing eats the laundry (I guess because if it ate the animals it would upset the young readers). Anyway, the pictures and the story line are a delight to young readers, and I must admit I thought it funny, too. It has a cute , unexpected ending.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "iloveprovence" on August 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When a little girl gets home from school, her mother asks her how the class trip to the farm went. Her daughter tells her it was kind of boring.......until the cow started crying. And then.....a magnificantly absurd story is unleashed about Jimmy's boa constrictor. Children love the sequence that unfolds as the child-narrator answers her mother's questions about what happens next. Delightful illustrations bring this classic from 1980 to life. This story will live on from year to year, generation to generation. Great fun! Great sequencing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hear Lies Another Tail on February 12, 2004
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This book is an engaging tale about a school field trip that went delightfully awry. The vivid illustrations add to the charm of the story, which is being retold to a mother by her little girl who seems completely unphased by the events that had taken place earlier in the day. I find that everytime I read this to a child, I cannot wait to turn the page to see what happens next. An exciting and comical story that is sure to be a favorite of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on March 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book and my all time favorite children's book. The illustrations are exceptional making the entire story seen and come to life. All three of my children have this story memorized, as it is mother's favorite. Then in the first grade the reading book their class used has this story in it. This is silly, fun, a wonderful picture book for the young, and a great beginning reading book for the child just learning to read. Also a very delightful book for the reading parent, you will laugh, as the story is set so matter of fact as the mother is asking her daughter how her field trip went at school. A truly wonderful book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash is a unruley fictional story about an exciting field trip to the farm, and the kid foolish enough to bring along his pet boa constrictor. The animals on the farm have an action packed time as the boa constrictor tries to eat them. Kellogg's illustrations can tell the story with without words, they are every color of the rainbow, and are full of details. This would a great book for elementary school kids. The book hooks you and pulls you in. Older children will have a better understanding of how the story is set up. It is also a great book for kids who like action and readers of all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book, "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash," is a great book for young readers. This book is both funny and interesting in the minds of the little ones. It can also be used for a book for readers who have just learned to read. This book is about a field trip to a farm with an elementary school grade. It starts off when they have just got home and goes through the trip backwards. The illustration are used great to show what is being said when the family is talking. A parent with the child who wants to read, this is a must have book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "karenmc10" on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's been a long while since I read this book and I can still remember the day I lost it babysitting many years ago, but the vividness of both the unique ceativity of the author and the fresh, discriptive illustrations are still etched in my memory. The tale of the most eventful school excursion in history will entertain children of all ages(!). Highly recommended, both for concept and quality. Will definately capture the imagination of children. Can't believe I'm now buying it again for my niece!
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