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PreSchool-Grade 1—In this Australian import, some things aren't as scary as they seem. The story is told in rhyme, with mixed-media cartoon illustrations. "Six little rabbits/Down by the lake/Munching on carrots/And chocolate cake" hear a mysterious, frightening "Plop" in the water. Five of them flee the forest, and are soon followed by an illogical assortment of animals, including a goose, antelope, leopard, moose, and pig. A big brown bear, infuriated at the thought of a creature more fearsome than he, bullies the littlest, stay-behind rabbit into showing him where this Terrible PLOP is. It proves to be only an apple falling into the lake from a nearby tree, yet the bear, too, unaccountably runs off in terror, and the rabbit happily returns to munching cake, carrots, and apples. Children would love the repetition of the word "PLOP," but the pedestrian story line, bland rhyming text, and mediocre artwork add up to a less-than-satisfying offering.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
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Little kids really get a bang out of chaos and hysteria that can, eventually, be tamed; it's one of the ways they teach themselves to calm down and take control of their behavior. THE TERRIBLE PLOP is a wonderful addition to the genre. (Newsday)

Basic, fun rhymes and repetitive, excitable text lend themselves to reading aloud, and the recurring appearance of the word PLOP provides an explosive entree for children to chime in while soaking up Joyner's bouyant mixed-media artwork. (Booklist)

Based on a cumulative folktale, this lively story reassures readers that things are not always as scary as they may seem--and is guaranteed to see many multiple readings. (Starred, Kirkus Reviews)

This talented Australian duo builds the suspense to just the right pitch. (Publishers Weekly)

Make room on the preschool storytime shelf. (The Horn Book)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374374287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374374280
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Stumpf on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My almost 2 year old and almost 3 year old absolutely love this book! They love to repeat "PLOP" when they know it's coming up. They love naming the animals on the pages when all the animals are running. Really adorable book, has become a must read every day!
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The Terrible Plop joins the growing number of children's picture book using words or phrases in titles that when usually said in public are something kids usually aren't encouraged to talk about and may even get in trouble if they do. The actual stories of course are about something totally different and much more innocent. So yes The Terrible Plop, like Mum & Dad Glue, Mines Bigger Than Yours isn't what you're thinking, probably in this case something to do with number 2s being thrown at the bear on the cover by the rabbit. But hey the clever double meaning title had you or a probably even your child pick it up in the first place. So is the story any good? It is an enjoyable enough read, but it's nothing memorable that children will keep thinking about the story next week, let alone think back about with fond memories when they're adults.

Basic plot of this one revolves around an apple dropping from a tree into a river, next to where six rabbits are eating chocolate cake causing a terrible plop noise. Rabbits having the natural flight response to avoid predators immediately flee the terrible plop as they know that if they wait around to see what it is they will likely be eaten. They flee past a fox (and seem to ignore the fact this actual predator should be more to fear than a loud unknown origin noise) crying out as they hop that they must get away from the terrible plop. Instantly terrified the fox decides to flee as well. The same scenario happens with a number of other creatures until together they form a huge stampede which interrupts an unimpressed bear resting in the sun.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Before I begin, a word to the adults out there. Ahem. GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!!! THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT! I wish I could say that the creators of this book were all wide-eyed innocents when they named it The Terrible Plop, but let's be realistic here. Honestly? More adults AND kids are going to pick this book up when they read the cover, if only to figure out whether or not it's as dirty as the title implies. What they will find instead is a funny bit of writing packed in a story that may well be the best readaloud picture book I've encountered all year. Pack up your rabbits and hide your chocolate cake, ladies and gentlemen. This is one Aussie winner that's going to charm everyone it meets. Plop or no.

"Six little rabbits / Down by the lake / Munching on carrots / And chocolate cake." Unfortunately this peaceful cake-laden scene is interrupted by a horrid sound. From NOWHERE (which is to say, an apple falling into a lake) comes a "terrible PLOP". Like lightning the rabbits take off, terrified of the sound. Every other animal in the forest soon joins them, until they interrupt a sunbathing bear. When informed that this so-called PLOP is stronger and fiercer than he is, the bear is incensed. He picks up the straggler (a little rabbit that cannot run very fast) and insists on being taken to the PLOP. The rabbit is reluctant, but when faced with the choice of going back versus getting eaten right then and there, it wisely opts for the former choice. Once they return, it notices an apple swinging on a branch that falls into the nearby lake creating a second PLOP. Mystery solved! Of course the bear didn't notice this, and so he high-tails it out of there, scared out of his ever-loving beary wits.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBebe VINE VOICE on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Six little rabbits are down by the lake, when suddenly they hear a terrible "PLOP!" This is a charming little story that teaches that sometimes things really aren't as scary as they may seem. The littlest rabbit shows great courage, and in the end is the one who realizes it is not so scary, while every other animal in the forest (even the big bear!) runs away.

My two-year-old absolutely adores this book. I think that the rhythm of the verse and the rhyming scheme is very well-done. It is really fun to read aloud. The illustrations are very fun and creative. I highly recommend this book, and think it has all the makings to become a classic.
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By Carrie on August 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Both of my boys, ages 5 and 7, love this book! It's cute. It has a good rhyming pattern and doesn't take 30 minutes to read. Why other reviewers think that plop brings dirty things to mind I have no idea. I didn't have thoughts of that sort when I picked up the book to look at it.

Good story and good illustrations. A book I don't mind reading over and over again.

Coming back to update. I'm a foster mom and now have a 2.5 year old and a 4 year old. They've been enjoying this book since they were 1.5 and almost 3. This is one of their favorite books. They love to fill in the rhyming words as we read. The little one loves to yell "plop!" They frequently grab this book and take it to their reading chair to "read" it themselves. They babble away and are very expressive waiving their arms along as they go.

I have purchased this book as a gift for other toddlers we know, and they all love it as well.
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