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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash [Paperback]

Trinka Hakes Noble , Steven Kellogg
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July 16 1992 Reading Rainbow Books
When Jimmy's unusual pet accompanies him on his class trip, an ordinary jaunt to a farm turns into a hilarious, slapstick romp. "A top-notch choice that children will not be able to put down."--Booklist, starred review. Full-color.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Think of it as "Memento" done as a picture book May 24 2004
Long ago, when I was young and innocent in the ways of the world, I first heard of "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" on the popular PBS television show Reading Rainbow. After LeVar Burton introduced the child viewers to the nature of farms and farm life we listened to a reading of this book and I took a great deal of pleasure in its pictures and storytelling. Unfortunately, television was then (and remains today to be) incapable of displaying this book properly. Like all Kellogg illustrated creations, the story is filled to the brim with tiny delightful details that compete with one another for the viewer's attention. Reading this book on my own some twenty odd years later, I can finally settle down and enjoy this combination of delicate text and fantastic illustrations as I was menat to all those years ago.

A girl comes home to make herself a sandwich and chat with her mom after a long day on a class trip to the farm. The girl's story works backwards at the beginning. Slowly, tantalizingly, she leaks out the details of the trip. After all, it didn't really get exciting until the cow started crying. When asked, the girl admits that the cow was crying because the farmer hit a haystack on top of her. Why did he do that? Well, he was distracted by the pigs that had overrun the bus. And so it goes. Slowly the mother gets the full story of how fellow classmate Jimmy took his boa constrictor (a dew-eyed sweetie pie of a snake) to the farm and how all havok broke loose as a result. In the end, Jimmy left the boa there and adopted one of the pigs that never left the bus. The parting shot is of our narrator, suited up with Jimmy in silver racing outfits, barreling down a park path with the new pet pig in the back seat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Story! March 21 2001
This is a remarkable book and my all time favorite children's book. The illustrations are exceptional making the entire story seen and come to life. All three of my children have this story memorized, as it is mother's favorite. Then in the first grade the reading book their class used has this story in it. This is silly, fun, a wonderful picture book for the young, and a great beginning reading book for the child just learning to read. Also a very delightful book for the reading parent, you will laugh, as the story is set so matter of fact as the mother is asking her daughter how her field trip went at school. A truly wonderful book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Day Jimmy's Boa ate the Wash Sept. 23 2003
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The book "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" is a great book with lots of imagination. I think that young boys would like this book most but it would also be nice for girls. In this book a class takes a trip to a farm and it is total chaos talking about chickens going wild and the whole barn in an uproar. The book is full of crazy things but they are very entertaining. I think this book would be best for children 6 and up because it just wouldn't appeal to a younger crowd. I don't think it really teaches a lesson but it is a very imaginative book. I do think that this is a good book it is funny and interesting and it keeps you laughing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedic Book Everyone Will Like! Jan. 14 2004
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The day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash is a unruley fictional story about an exciting field trip to the farm, and the kid foolish enough to bring along his pet boa constrictor. The animals on the farm have an action packed time as the boa constrictor tries to eat them. Kellogg's illustrations can tell the story with without words, they are every color of the rainbow, and are full of details. This would a great book for elementary school kids. The book hooks you and pulls you in. Older children will have a better understanding of how the story is set up. It is also a great book for kids who like action and readers of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure to the farm! Aug. 7 2000
When a little girl gets home from school, her mother asks her how the class trip to the farm went. Her daughter tells her it was kind of boring.......until the cow started crying. And then.....a magnificantly absurd story is unleashed about Jimmy's boa constrictor. Children love the sequence that unfolds as the child-narrator answers her mother's questions about what happens next. Delightful illustrations bring this classic from 1980 to life. This story will live on from year to year, generation to generation. Great fun! Great sequencing!
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