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McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales (Adventures of McBroom)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  338 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
When Josh McBroom learns that the eighty acres of Iowa farmland he's purchased are all stacked up on top of each other at the bottom of a muddy little pond, he thinks he's been bamboozled. But McBroom knows he's got the better of the bargain when the pond dries up to reveal an acre of soil so rich that seeds spring up into full-grown plants in no time and even nickels grow ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1992)
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Hailey White
Apr 04, 2016 Hailey White rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
This smaller chapter book (around 60 pages) took about an hour to read a loud, an hour that flew by. We were laughing hysterically the entire time. My 6 and 9 years olds understood the humor. Clever story.
Jan 19, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg2015, 2016reviews
This early chapter book features three "tall tales" by Sid Fleischman. The three tall tales are "McBroom Tells the Truth," "McBroom and the Big Wind," and "McBroom's Ear." Here's how the first story begins: "There has been so much tomfool nonsense told about McBroom's wonderful one-acre farm that I had better set matters straight. I'm McBroom. Josh McBroom. I'll explain about the watermelons in a minute." I don't know about you, but this one had me at hello. I got the impression that the book wo ...more
Eric Hinkle
Jan 10, 2014 Eric Hinkle rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of Sid before, but I noticed this book was illustrated by Quentin Blake so I had to get it. An excellent decision! These three tall, tall, tall tales are are fantastic, hilarious, and endlessly entertaining. All the absurd exaggeration is right up my alley, and the guy is a first-rate jokester. I'm happy to see that he has tons of books, and is still writing them, because I know I'll want to read them all.

A few favorite bits:

"Mr. Heck Jones had the worst farmland in Iowa. He coul
May 27, 2012 Joann10 rated it it was amazing
We are all big fans of McBroom after reading this fun "tall tale" book!!
A great read aloud!!
Apr 21, 2013 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Too bad GR doesn't have the cover by illustrator Quintin Blake! Oh well...)

After thoroughly enjoying Sid Fleischman’s “By the Great Horn Spoon”, I decided to look into other books of his. I am familiar with titles, but not the actual stories. This time I chose “McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm”, followed by “Here Comes McBroom!”. Both contain three tall tales – and boy, are they TALL, funny, clever, and absolutely delightful! Several adults reviewed them as memorable favorites from their child
Feb 23, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it
With Lanie. Good fun! Lanie was a little bit struck by the vernacular and bad grammar(!) used by the characters, but could understand that it was just a part of the story. We read it in a sitting. And what could be better than illustrations by Quentin Blake? It puts me in mind of certain readings we have ahead of us, ones I have been anticipating my whole life. :)
Danielle Dykstra
May 06, 2014 Danielle Dykstra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is perfect for you if you like to read something funny. It is also great because it takes place in our homeland - Iowa. McBroom claims he would never tell a fib, but it seems like his "true" stories are full of them! The author does a really good job of describing everything so you feel like you are actually in the story. It is hilarious! I highly recommend it!
Scooping it Up
Much like his other books (i.e. Chancy and the Grand Rascal) this short novel is a tall tale with dead pan exaggeration and a little fantasy. It went a little over my four-year-old's head, and mostly over my adopted kids' (who are just learning English) heads, but the English-speaking first grader loved it.

When I stopped to explain, or act some parts out, the other kids got the point and enjoyed it.

I think I personally would love it more if I had waited to read it to them another year, and had
Nov 13, 2009 Kasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: boy-books, girl-books
This book is very silly, but perfect for young readers. I'm on a quest to find humorous books for my son because I've decided that is what he enjoys most. When he started reading this book he was immediately taken with the humor. It says tall tales because each event is exaggerated to the max! The author has a nice flow, and I caught myself laughing here and there despite the childishness of the humor. These books are not on the AR reading list, but I would say it was maybe a step above an easy ...more
Veronica Molina
Nov 12, 2015 Veronica Molina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infantil, fantasy, comedia
Muy entretenido. Me hizo volar hasta la granja de McBroom y disfrutar de ese mundo tan loco e imposible, que por lo bien escrito que está, hipnotiza y deja pasar lo absurdo.
Aug 07, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Three Tall tales. Oh yes they were. They Buy and acre of land but what they don't know is the acre isn't wide in an acre in the ground.

Silly Silly tall tales
Feb 13, 2015 Joanna rated it it was amazing
this little book is really funny! I believe the kids will love it when they are 8 or older. The humor would be lost on them otherwise. Very clever and cute.
Apr 01, 2016 Clara rated it really liked it
My son thought this was so funny, I read it too. It was creative and a new tall tale. It also made us think about vegetables growing so big.
Carrie Schindele Cupples
You should definitely read these stories out loud. Great and of interest for preschool age and up, including parents. Fantastic language.
Sep 06, 2015 Kristyn rated it really liked it
Read-aloud, boy-age-6, the whole book in one sitting, loved it. Boy-age-4 listened in here and there.
Apr 20, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Liked the tall tales but was disappointed by the scarcity of Quentin Blake illustrations.
It's so stupid it's hilarious.
This has been one of my favorite books since my elementary school librarian read it out loud to my class in the 4th grade. I reread it and I'm pleased to say that it holds up extremely well. Timelessly funny. I think of it as if Wayside School was on a tall tale farm.
Jun 01, 2015 Gemma rated it really liked it
Easy and fun.
Luke Ewell
Apr 12, 2016 Luke Ewell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4th-grade
This is a funny book and you would love to read it.
Vanessa Hatcher
Feb 12, 2016 Vanessa Hatcher rated it really liked it
Fun group of tall tales I read with the kids. Great read for chapter book readers. Lots of fun.
Ann Moody
Oct 31, 2014 Ann Moody rated it it was amazing
Happy Surprise! We were not familiar with Sid Fleischman or his esteemed Newbery legacy when I found this intriguing-looking slim offering.

Kind, humble hillbillyish family is duped by a Roald Dahl-esque evil antagonist. Will they triumph in the end, after a rather humorous series of events? Strongly recommend you give it a try and find out.
Dec 29, 2013 Jael rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly stupid, and makes no sense. However, it had me laughing so hard that TEARS were coming to my eyes! Definitely a worthwhile read.
Dec 16, 2011 Mocha rated it it was amazing
This was my favourite book in second grade. I think I've lost it, but if I ever do find it again it's definitely going on my favourites bookshelf. It was just brilliant, a well-executed children's story with an extremely clever concept.
Kaylea Joy
Aug 23, 2011 Kaylea Joy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young readers
Recommended to Kaylea Joy by: Sonlight reader
Mcbroom's wonderful one acre farm was a really good book! You could tell through out the book that he was telling some fibs! And that is what makes it really funny! Sid Fleichman did a really good job on the book!
Jun 24, 2010 Shicake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
I remember I read this book when I was in 5th or 6th grade and I read it in Spanish. I really loved it it was real funny and I really loved the draws in the different pages.
Kimberly OutspokenMom
Apr 14, 2013 Kimberly OutspokenMom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
The stories are just the right length for a mid-day, mid-activity reading break. If your day needs a touch a light-hearted silliness, this may do the trick!
Jan 28, 2010 Rusticgirl rated it it was amazing
Best child's book in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. You have not lived properly if you haven't read the funny tall tales of Farmer McBroom and his big family!
Apr 05, 2012 Kalia rated it liked it
This book was wierd and really fun because plants sprouted out of the ground in their farm that you could feel the wind as it wooshed by.
Sep 01, 2009 Carolynn rated it it was amazing
These are perhaps my very favorite childrens books... there is nothing more fun than McBroom's silliness.
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As a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will m ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Adventures of McBroom (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • McBroom Tells the Truth
  • McBroom and the Big Wind
  • McBroom's Ear
  • McBroom's Ghost
  • McBroom's Zoo
  • McBroom the Rainmaker
  • McBroom Tells a Lie
  • Here Comes McBroom!: Three More Tall Tales
  • McBroom and the Beanstalk
  • McBroom and the Great Race

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