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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! / by Candace Fleming ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

Fleming, Candace. (Author).
Book Book (c2002.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2002.
19 of 24 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
1 current hold with 24 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 0689831528
  • ISBN: 9780689831522
  • ISBN: 9781591129240 (set)
  • ISBN: 1591129249 (set)
General Note: "An Anne Schwartz book."
Some issues accompanied by CD: p2004 by Live Oak Media; read by William Dufris.
Contents: Track 1: Narration with page turn signals -- Track 2: Narration with no page turn signals.
Participant or Performer: Read by William Dufris.
Summary: After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.
Authors: Karas, G. Brian, (ill.).
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 January 2002
    /*Starred Review*/ Ages 3-7. Like Phyllis Root's Rattletrap Car [BKL Ap 1 01], this charming picture book is filled with hilarious, slapdash problem solving and irresistible sounds. After years of wishful thinking, Mr. McGreely plants a garden and eagerly awaits his fresh vegetables. Unfortunately, a group of naughty rabbits nibbles his crop. Angry and determined, Mr. McGreely surrounds his plot first with a fence, then with a moat--but the rabbits easily overcome each obstacle. Finally, having surrounded the garden with a fortress akin to a maximum-security prison, Mr. McGreely is sure his vegetables are safe--until he opens the door to harvest his crop. Karas' sketchy, childlike illustrations wonderfully echo the story's humor and farce and make lovable characters of McGreely and the rabbits alike. But it's the words that will really capture the audience. Fleming describes the rabbits' shenanigans in playful streams of onomatopoeia ("Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat! Dig-scrablee, Scratch! Scratch! Scratch!") that will keep kids gleefully chanting along, while the rest of the story unfolds with the simple, captivating language of a good folktale. With all the lively action and slapstick comedy, this delightful offering is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser and a story hour favorite. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2001 December #2
    This onomatopoeic romp opens calmly, with a hopeful gardener planting a vegetable patch behind his brownstone house. Bright green leaves sprout from the rich soil. " `Yum! Yum! Yummy!' said Mr. McGreeley. `I'll soon fill my tummy with crisp, fresh veggies.' " He doesn't notice a cottontail trio watching expectantly from the garden wall. "And the sun went down. And the moon came up. And / Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat!/ Spring-hurdle,/ Dash! Dash! Dash!/ Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" The brazen "twitch-whiskers" hop and dig their way to a fresh-picked salad, and Mr. McGreeley awakens to a row of gnawed stems. Karas (Saving Sweetness), who works in chalky gray pencil with brick-red, kale-green and creamy-yellow gouache, pictures the bunnies waiting patiently as the incensed Mr. McGreeley builds a wire fence, a moat and an enormous cinderblock tower with searchlights. Fleming (Gabriella's Song) demonstrates an ear for language as the suburban farmer battles his furry foes, night after night. The ritual culminates in the "gotcha" finale, in which the rabbits seem defeated, only to burst into view with a vigorous repeat of the title. Fleming and Karas demonstrate great comic timing in this high-spirited tale of one-upmanship. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2002 February
    K-Gr 2-Mr. McGreely has always wanted a vegetable garden and when he finally plants one, he can't wait to taste his crisp, yummy produce. Apparently, three neighborhood rabbits are anticipating sampling the veggies as well, for "one night, when the sun went down and the moon came up," they appear. The next morning, the gardener awakens to find gnawed vegetables. In frustration, he begins to build a series of fences to keep the creatures away. Fleming has fun with language throughout the story, repeating the "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" refrain every time the thieves sneak past the ever-extended and elaborate barricades into the garden. Finally, after building a stone guard tower, Mr. McGreely is able to thwart the animals-or is he? The surprise ending will have youngsters giggling. Illustrations, rendered in gouache with acrylic and pencil and utilizing deep shades of brown and green, have an earthy feel to them. They exude warmth and lend personality to the plotting pests. Pair this with Janet Stevens's Tops and Bottoms (Harcourt, 1995) for a hilarious hop through the garden at storytime.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Citation:

Fleming, Candace. "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!." New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.

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