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The Flea's Sneeze Hardcover – September 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; 1st edition (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805061037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805061031
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The rollicking rhythms and kid-pleasing repetition of Downey's (Sing, Henrietta! Sing!) rhyming verse recommend this perky volume for a lighthearted read-aloud. In a tumbledown barn, all the animals sleep peacefully, except a tiny flea, who coughs, sniffles and utters a plaintive plea to his snoring pals, "Does eddybody hab a tissue for be?" Finally, he issues an enormous sneeze that manages to rouse the menagerie: "It scared the rat,/ Who cried 'Boohoo!'/ And woke the cat,/ Who hissed 'Mairoo!'/ It baffled the bat,/ Whose eyes turned blue,/ And confused the cow,/ Who muttered 'Moo Moo!' " After the mouse (whom "the flea used for a house") produces a tissue, all settle back to sleep, save the hog ("No one heard his garbled wheeze,/ 'I think I'b godda sdeeze'"). Debut illustrator Firehammer's acrylic art shows the slumbering cast in humorous poses: on various spreads, the frog sleeps atop a dog who is curled up on the back of the hog, the bat hangs upside-down from the cow's tail and the owl stands on one leg as it dozes on a windowsill. Even better, their positions change from one spread to the next. Preschoolers will eagerly point out each animal with the repeat mentions of the barn's residents. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-The cover, showing a flea on a mouse on a cat on a dog on a pig on a cow, with other creatures jumping, perching, and flying about, affords a preliminary hint of the simple story within. All of the animals are asleep in the barn. The flea coughs, but nobody hears him. He asks for a tissue, and is still unheard. When he sneezes loudly, everyone abruptly awakens, a tissue is found, and they all settle down-until the hog feels a sneeze coming on. The rhymed text is forced, so that while other animals are called by their familiar names, the hen is "a feathered fowl" to rhyme with "owl." When the menagerie begins to hoot, crow, bark, etc., the hog screams "'Eeeeeeww!'/And reminded the frog/Of his old nephew," a line both puzzling in context and unnecessary. The softly colored, warmly textured acrylic illustrations are lively and funny. However, the text suffers from an overbalance of build-up leading to an understated ending, which seems anticlimactic after the long, tedious repetitions of the catalog of animals. For a book about an explosive sneeze with comical consequences that's easier to read aloud, try Ruth Brown's The Big Sneeze (Lothrop, 1985). It's economical, direct text emphasizes the humor rather than overburdening it with words.
Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It's not really such a bad book, I guess.
Ulyyf
I recommend this to anyone who loves to read to their children and for those who can read for themselves.
C L D
This is a beautiful picture book with a fun, rhyming story, and super illustrations!
Kelli Hanson

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Emma Bean's Mom on April 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love love love the illustrations of this book. They're so full of colour, movement and personality. Lots of kid appeal! However, I feel that the artwork is its strongest point. While I appreciated the value in the repetition and the rhyming, I found the story and the rhyme itself very contrived. I felt as if the author was trying too hard to get the rhyme to fit neatly and compactly into the almost 30 pages that the story rests on.
That said, my 3 year old daughter loves this book and whenever she asks me to read it, I have to do so several times before I manage to redirect her attention towards a different book. She laughs hysterically whenever we get to the part where the flea sneezes. That reaction must count for something and probably has more merit than the opinion of her cranky mommy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Di Buono on October 3, 2001
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Any book that can make my three year old grand-daughter
laugh out loud deserves a five star rating. It was a delightful story, very easy to read. It is a favorite of ours, that will be read again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lisa m hayes on December 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best children's books we've read. Our 3 year old loves the repetition and after a couple of readings, has memorized the entire book. We have to read it every night before bed. It is a wonderful story, and the illustrations are fabulous. A must have for your child's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "msb1107" on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Entertaining and funny book. Nicely illustrated. Good for reading aloud, particularly if you include sounds (snoring, sneezing). My 3 yr old daughter really enjoys this one. She now recites it from memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marian West on January 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
The poetry is delightful, the pictures are great, but please note that this book is HUGE! The dimensions clearly show it's roughly 17 inches by 17 inches, but I apparently didn't notice that when purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is very similar in theme to The Napping House. As such, I can't help but compare the two. And when I do, this one is definitely the loser.

It's not really such a bad book, I guess. The repetitive rhymes are a little long. There are a few non sequiturs - the sneeze wakes them up, and then the bat is baffled so his eyes turn blue? It reminds the frog of his old nephew? (Worse, this is clearly just to fit the -oo rhyme scheme, meaning you have to say "old nephEW" with the stress on the last syllable.) In some books this randomness is quirky and fun. In this one, it just hits me as weird and nonsensical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassondra Vick on October 5, 2009
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A funny little tale about a flea that creates and uproar in a barn. Younger children will really get into the repetitive text and the illustrations are really wonderful. The story itself is funny enough, if a little subtle.

However, the rhymes here are sometimes a little bizarre. It seems to me that if the author couldn't think of something for the bat to do besides have his "eyes turned blue," then maybe the bat didn't need to be in the barn. That goes double for the frog. While other animals cry, "Boo Hoo," or "Eww!" or (duh), "Moo! Moo!" what is the reaction of the frog? He is "reminded... of his old nephew." What?

In any case, it is a cute enough story and your toddler will care a lot less than you will about the textual oddities, and will really enjoy the menagerie depicted on the pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelli Hanson on March 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful picture book with a fun, rhyming story, and super illustrations! The poor flea has a cold and he sounds stuffy when he talks ("Does eddybody hab a tissue for be?"). He sniffles, sneezes, and wakes up the whole barn! There are lots of animal sounds to read, too, which little ones usually love. Great fun for your 3-6 year-old!
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