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Jungle Party

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In this reissue of Wildsmiths wonderful book, Python is hungry for some jungle animals, but the animals all hide from him. To lure them out of hiding, he invites them to a party where they will all perform tricks. But Python has a cunning trick of his own: He lures them into his mouth! Luckily, Elephant is able to save the animals and reminds them to never play at a python ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Star Bright Books (first published 1975)
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Becky
Jul 10, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids age 7-9, adults who like bold watercolor illustration
Shelves: children-and-ya
This simple folktale-like story tells of a hungry python whom nobody trusts. He decides to throw a party, at which he promises to behave himself.

All the animals show up and perform tricks in the hope of entertaining one another. A fox and a genet balance on one another's feet. A zebra kicks coconuts into the air with his hind feet. A lion paints himself with mud and asks the other animals to guess what he's supposed to be.

Finally, a pelican invites several animals to climb into his enormous be
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Melanie
Python is hungry because all of the animals hide from him. So he decides to have a party and invite everyone. At this party all the animals have a contest to see who can perform the best trick. The final trick is Pelican trying to get as many animals into his pouch as he can. Python thinks he can do better. So he invites all the animals to climb into his mouth. Of course, after all of the animals climb in python closes his mouth. All of the animals want out but of course Python won't let them ou ...more
Paula
Although he is hungry, Python tries to prove his goodwill by throwing a party for all the jungle animals.
Janet
A trickster story here--the python is hungry and invites the jungle animals to perform tricks at his party. Wildsmith uses color in the most exquisite way, love how the colors play off of the white background. His illustration of the gnu is so good, all the fat and curves. Yes, it was an originally published in 1976.
Carmine
Gotta love a book whose moral is: don't go to python's parties.

I also enjoyed the animal talent show. There was a certain believability that most of the acts would just be animals balancing on one another. Lack of thumbs cut out many possible talents.

Love love Brian Wildsmith's art.
Rachel
Python is hungry and convinces all the hiding animals to come to his party where he tricks them into his mouth...until elephant happens by!

Reminds me of African Folk Tales, sly fox stories, or Anasi the Spider stories.
Rosalie Street
This book was great fun to read with the kids. The illustrations are wonderful and the moral is a good one: If you don't trust someone don't go to their party.
Especially if they are a python!
Miri
I can't get over Brian Wildsmith's illustrations, and you've got to love a jungle talent show with gullible animals and a tricky python.
Michelle
Interesting art style and though I didn't like the moral I still liked the book
Angela
Beautiful illustrations. I love this artist.
Jj
reissue of original 1974 edition.
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Brian Wildsmith was raised in a small mining village in Yorkshire, England, where, he says, "Everything was grey. There wasn't any colour. It was all up to my imagination. I had to draw in my head..."

He won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art where he studied for three years. For a while he taught music at the Royal Military School of Music, but then gave it up so that he could paint ful
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