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On Top Of Spaghetti Hardcover – May 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439749441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439749442
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 Expanding on the popular song, Johnson spins the tale of Yodeler Jones, a hound dog who serves nothing but meatballs and spaghetti at his dining establishment. When business begins to slow, Yodeler concocts a brand-new meatball, but before he can taste it, someone sneezes, setting the song into action with the pooch and his animal pals in pursuit of the flyaway meatball. With original text printed in black and the lyrics sprinkled throughout in color, this story successfully marries the two. The loony illustrations, full of color and movement, effectively capture the zaniness. Pair this book with Judi Barrett's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (S & S, 1998) and Ryan SanAngelo's Spaghetti Eddie (Boyds Mills, 2002) for a yummy storytime treat. Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. In this picture-book invitation to a noisy storytime, seasoned author-illustrator Johnson extends songwriter Tom Glazer's classic anthem to spaghetti with an original frame story. When a gimmicky snack shop steals customers from a spaghetti cafe run by a beagle and mouse, the proprietors set out to concoct "the most dee-licious meatball this side of Sicily." Johnson's thickly outlined, ebullient acrylics show the delectable creation launched forth by a giant sneeze, ultimately sprouting into a meatball tree that puts the pasta joint back in the black. Lines from the song appear sandwiched between paragraphs of text, and the discontinuous presentation of the familiar lyrics may initially confuse children. But the slapstick, folksy tone of Johnson's contributions--especially the recurring exclamation, "Pardon my meatball!" as the foodstuff ricochets pinball-style around the community--will help to refocus children's attention from singing to listening. This jaunty offering will undoubtedly enter the sing-along rotation, and will have particular savor on days when spaghetti is on the lunch menu. Jennifer Mattson
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Customer Reviews

We read it multiple times a week!
Amy C
These books are so very much fun to read, and the added plus of being able to teach the songs and make the stories interactive with the children is a nice touch!
Debbra Johnson
I highly recommend this book for a fun family experience for all ages.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ginny on April 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love to read this book with children. They love books that are sung to them (this uses the tune of "On top of Old Smoky"). The kids love to anticipate what is coming next, whether it is the first time reading it, or the 100th! I like to add things to each page (like eating the meatballs, or really giving a good fake sneeze on the appropriate pages) and the kids really get into that, too! This was a song and book I recalled from my own childhood, and the one and only book I HAD to get my son when he was born. I have since given it to other children, and it has become a favorite of theirs, too. It's a great book, and a great song they can learn and sing for fun, even when they are not looking at the book itself. It's just plain F-U-N!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbra Johnson on September 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a creative arts educator who does everything from teaching music and movement classes to doing library story times to children of all ages. This book is an absolute MUST HAVE for anyone who does read aloud time with children. And if the storyteller happens to be a "ham" as I am (I do a lot of community theatre) then all the better. Reading this book out loud is as much fun (if not more) for the reader as it is for the listeners! And let me add that Paul Brett Johnson's "Little Bunny Foo Foo" is another book you should have in your arsenal! These books are so very much fun to read, and the added plus of being able to teach the songs and make the stories interactive with the children is a nice touch!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Sine on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our little guy loves this book. He asks us to read/sing it to him multiple times a day. The story is combined with verses from the song in a folk kinda way. The pictures are big and colorful. At the end of the book is the complete song and notes. On the back of the book is a recipe for Yodler - Jone's spaghetti and meatballs. We haven't made the recipe so I can't be a food critic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Chapman on September 9, 2006
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Our 2 year old and 3 year old LOVE this book. They ask to read it several times a day and sing the song all the time. Our 3 year old wants to purchase a copy for his preschool class. I have given this book as gifts and every child loves it as much as our children. You can't go wrong with this book!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christy G. Hutson on April 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This meatball adventure is a fun read. Great for a kids imagination. The illustrations are wonderfully colorful and detailed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MW in KY on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Johnson's engaging and humorous illustrations are once again paired with a kid-friendly story in his newest release. The animals who tell this action-packed story are the main attraction in Johnson's glorious, detailed, colorful, and animated tale of a hound-dog maitre d'/cook who loses his meatball ("when somebody sneezed")! This book, along with Johnson's previous, award-winning books, is a real hit with young children and works great with group story-time readings since a sing-a-long is included in the back of the book. Johnson has written and illustrated another winner!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 80sLady on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Here is the story of the classic children's song "On Top of Spaghetti".
For those who don't remember the words, it goes something like this:

"On Top of Spaghetti all covered with cheese.
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed!
It rolled off the table and onto the floor
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door."

Yodeler, the dog, wants to get more customers into his restaurant. He invents this new kind of meatball which promptly rolls away when... you guessed it, someone sneezes!

So Yodeler chases the meatball around town. And the poor meatball has a very unhappy ending.

"It rolled in the garden and under a bush.
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush."

But, wait! Something else comes out of that mush. If you want to know how the story REALLY ends, you should definitely buy this book.

Recommended for children 3-8.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Klersy on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My son LOVES this book! He has memorized the 'Spaghetti' song and has a lot of fun singing it. Mom also enjoys reading this book. It is written in a way which is fun, silly and enjoyable to read. We also love the illustrations!
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