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"Hayes' cumulative tale, an exploration of sound and rhyme, will delight the lap audience; it might also provide entertainment for new readers who will appreciate the large typeface and ample white space. Firth's pen-and-ink drawings, washed with color, create bold vistas on the double-page spreads, reflecting the buoyant, active rhymes."--ALA "Booklist." Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 6th 2003 by Walker Books Ltd
(first published January 1st 1990)
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A children's book, fondly remembered from 15 years ago when my children were pre-schoolers. I bought a second hand copy on line and it's the best 2 I've spent this year! The rhyme and the crescendo give a really exciting feel to the story. Wonderful! ...more
Young listeners will be able to identify the difference between a gnu and a yak and they will love the weird sounds in the tale, as a variety of animals approach the mysterious grumpalump, which just lies lazily....All it does is grump and grump. Large print and lots of colour make it an engaging and enjoyable book to read.
Nov 06, 2014 Katie Fitzgerald rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition