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The Terrible Plop: A Picture Book Hardcover – August 18, 2009
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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