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The Terrible Plop Hardcover – August 18, 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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. Angry he grabs one of the rabbits and demands the terrified rabbit take him to this so called scary plop. What happens next, I'll let you read and find out.
There's really isn't anything original in this tale, and there are some obvious parallels to previous children's fables and stories. The text does rhyme well, and the illustrations are cartoony, but do resemble the actual animals enough they are recognisable. There are a variety of animals from all over the world, both farm and wild, living by this river for some reason , so although it makes no sense that they are all there, children may enjoy the challenge of naming each animal drawing. I guess the book does raise the opportunity to teach children it's better to flee potential danger such as say a stranger, or out of control car crashing into a park they are playing in, rather than stick around until you're certain you need to, when it may be too late. Although the story content and ending doesn't really back this message up and in fact probably contradicts that lesson.
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.