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The Thingamabob Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 9, 2010

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Intriguing artwork, worthy of close study, delicately illustrates this simple tale of an elephant that encounters a puzzling, inanimate object—a bright red umbrella. Not having the faintest idea what it is or its purpose, the pink-cheeked animal examines it, asking friends if they have any ideas. Experimentation helps to rule out what the "thingamabob" isn't. The pachyderm's gently humorous attempts at sailing it, flying with it, and, especially, hiding behind it will elicit smiles. When there's a small cloudburst, he finally figures out its function, understanding that he and his friends can stay dry together. The illustrations have the same captivating quality as those in the artist's A Book of Sleep (Knopf, 2009) and are made "by combining handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers," then compiled in Photoshop. Use this title along with Antoinette Portis's Not a Stick (HarperCollins, 2008) for a storytime about using the imagination. Charming.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Na follows up his blushingly multicolored bedtime story, A Book of Sleep (2009), with this picture-book jaunt that. It opens abruptly: “One day, he found a thingamabob.” The “he” in question is a plump white elephant, and children will delight in knowing immediately that the thingamabob is a red umbrella. For the life of him, the elephant can’t figure out what the thing is for; sometimes it doesn’t do much of anything, other times it pops open alarmingly. He tries to fly with it (fails), tries to sail with it (nope), and tries to hide behind it (not even close), but it isn’t until it starts raining that the thingamabob’s use becomes apparent. Elephant invites all his friends to crowd underneath it with him. Sumptuous colors and swirling textures turn this slight, silly story into a visual feast, buoyed by a handful of great sight gags and the hands-down adorableness of the animals. Most of all, though, kids will come away from this treat with a terrifically toothsome new word to bandy about. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ian Chipman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375861068
  • ASIN: B004KAB4BK
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like this board book version's ending of all the animals gathered under the umbrella ("I think we need a bigger thingamabob") more than the hardcover version ("And neither do his friends" need to get wet).

I use this book to help my students understand how an illustrator can show a character's emotions through their facial expressions (curious, surprised, happy, frustrated/confused, etc).
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I got this book for my toddler because we are both so enamored with The Book of Sleep. We both adore this book, and my toddler asks me to read it to him 2-3 times a day. The illustrations are beautiful and whimsical and really fun to look at. My toddler thinks the story is hilarious and frequently acts it out with his own umbrella.It has made my list of birthday gifts for my friends' toddlers.
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This book has a lot of very colorful and bright pictures with just the right amount of words on each page for me to read to my 2 year old without her getting bored and wanting to go to the next page. Would definitely purchase again!
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An elephant comes across and umbrella but doesn't know what it is. He tries it out for several uses such as flying, sailing and hiding behind. But this doesn't work out so well. Suddenly it rains. The elephant has the umbrella open. Suddenly he sees a great use for the umbrella.

Il Sung Na once again uses a unique textured painting style for illustration. Although it is interesting, in this book it is not as rich and colorful or complex as you find in his book, A Book of Babies.

The is very simple and short story about object exploration. This would be a good book to use along with an exploration activity with the little ones. Give them an unknown object and ask them to think about what it could be used for. The book is advertized for ages 3-7 which is the right audience for this simple book.
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Il Sung Na is a writer and illustrator to watch. In this book, children laugh and enjoy the puzzle of figuring out what the thingamabob is- and what it transforms into.
Wonderful colorful illustrations accompany the text. Read this book with Not a Box, Dot, and other books that encourage creativity and divergent thinking with a little
humor. I read it with adults and older children and we all were laughing!
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Nice, simply story with not a ton of words about an: elephant and his thingamabob a red umbrella.... the artwork is awesome, and this book is a quick and easy read,that should hold your toodler's attention. We like it in our house.
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