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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash (Jimmy's Boa #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  16,601 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 9th 1992 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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“The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” is a truly hilarious story from the creative mind of Trinka Hakes Noble along with illustrations by Steven Kellogg and it is about a girl’s wild adventures at the field trip to the farm. “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” is definitely one of the most memorable books about farm adventures ever written that many children will enjoy for years!

Trinka Hakes Noble has done an excellent job at writing this story as it details a girl’s adventures at the farm. Trinka H
Sara Andrews
Nov 06, 2014 Sara Andrews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
“The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” is definitely an original book. The storyline is told in a backwards progression, as well as a cause and effect. The pictures convey absolute utter chaos. The illustrations make it almost impossible to to turn the page to continue reading because you feel like you might miss something hilarious happening in the scene.

The story is about a little girl telling her mother in a matter-of-fact sort of way about her field trip to the farm that day. It starts out with
Oct 15, 2011 Relyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Peggy Auvil, teacher extraordinaire
I love, love, love this book! I can not say enough good about it. It's perfect for second graders - so engaging, so funny. I am sure it would be that way for lots of grades, but I happen to teach second. I used it to teach predicting with my kids. You know, good readers predict all the time. And, when they find out their prediction wasn't correct, they take what they've learned and make a new prediction. This book is PERFECT for that, especially the second mini-lesson. No one, and I do mean, no ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
This book is great, apart from the wonderful story, because it tells the story backwards, in the form of the daughter recounting what happened to her mother, and because the illustrations are part of the story. I recommend to anyone with children or who, like me, has never lost her love for children's stories.
Apr 20, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a crazy story that is funny to read aloud. The trip to the farm becomes a hectic, silly event all when Jimmy's boa gets loose.

Our girls enjoyed this story very much. I loved the backward, roundabout way the little girl tells the story and the illustrations are fun, too.
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Fun story told backwards... the way a parent has to keep asking their child for more and more info to understand the entire story. I always love Steven Kellogg's brilliant illustrations.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Cute, fun kids book! This easy but different enough story should interest children because of the small tensions and the humorous antics of the characters. Recommended if you have a young one.
Inspired Kathy
Aug 24, 2008 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
A fun children's book to read. Reminds me a little of if you give a mouse a cookie and the adventures kids seems to have.
Kayla Edwards
May 20, 2015 Kayla Edwards rated it it was amazing
Just read this book again today for what must surely be the 1,000th time. I'm still as in love with it as I was 20+ years ago! Highly recommended to anyone in need of a smile :)
Jul 23, 2008 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: chidderbooks
Feb 18, 2017 Gladys rated it it was amazing
Book summary: This is an award winning book. This book is about a kitten who is hungry for a bowl of milk and thinks that the moon is the bowl of milk and she tries to catch it. It is well written, funny and a good read.
Grade level: K-3
Appropriate classroom use: This could be a good book to help students identify words and read the words aloud. They can work on pronunciation.
Indv. students who might benefit: Students that like cats. Students that want a light heart-ed good read.
Small group use:
Denis Verdecia
Apr 17, 2016 Denis Verdecia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read to a small Child with explanations as well as show and tell.
Shelves: fiction
I have mixed emotions about this book. I liked it because it has really good illustrations for the kids and it's OK to read to kids because it centers on the things kids like the most at the ages of 5 through 8, which is mischief. But I dislike the context, or story of the book.

It is a story about a girl who comes home and answers her mom's questions about her outing at the farm at school. The 12th street school went to a Farm for a little show and tell and things got out of hand when Jimmy's Bo
Rosemary Sullivan
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Dec 12, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
This was not bad. I've seen it on the shelf so many times and never read it. Yesterday I found it at church and decided to catch up my Goo Dreads.
Sep 24, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
A little girl tells her mother that the school field trip to the farm was pretty boring, until the cow started crying, that crying cow unfolds the rest of the story leading to the escape of the boy’s boa snake and the havoc it created. Pigs crawled unto the bus to eat the kids lunches, because they didn’t have any corn, the kids had thrown it in a game, the boy takes his snake into the hen house to introduce it the chickens and while the chickens are scrambling for cover one lays an egg on anoth ...more
While this is an absolutely hilarious book, I think one can get more out of it reading it on their own than from the Reading Rainbow episode. So much is happening in every picture that you miss if you don't go at your own speed.

4/15/10 This was a quick addition when I realized on Tuesday that I needed another book to fill-in. I figured it would be great since it worked so well on Reading Rainbow! And it did. My Thursday group was smaller than Tuesday, but each one enjoyed the story. I know they
Anna Lawrence
Feb 16, 2015 Anna Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction:
I loved this book! There was always something outrageous going on in the story when the little girl was recalling the trip to the farm to her mother. Every event that occurred was even more wild and unbelievable than the previous one. It had me really wanting to keep reading to find out what crazy thing was going to happen next. For me, there was so much happening, like the egg and corn fight, and all of the pigs getting onto the school bus that I forgot about the boa constrict
Emily Anderson
Nov 25, 2013 Emily Anderson rated it it was ok
This is a silly story about a class field trip. When a little girl came home from her field trip from the farm her mom asked how it was, little did she know it was a wild experience. Throughout the story the mother had to ask questions to backtrack to the beginning to explain why everything happened. First, the little girl explained that a cow began to cry because the farmer pushed a pile of hay on top of it. The farmer did it on accident because the he was yelling at the pigs to get off the bus ...more
Carissa Burks
Sep 11, 2014 Carissa Burks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: beginning readers, young children, teachers
This book is cute and kids will surely get a kick out of it. It's a story about a girl who comes home from her class field trip to the farm and her mom is asking her questions about how it went. In true child fashion she answers with one sentences answers that lead to more questions. The story is told slightly backwards as it tends to happen in real life with kids before stringing the events together.

It is cute and the illustrations are very well done. The book can be used in multiple ways with
Samantha Ferrari
Oct 19, 2012 Samantha Ferrari rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, I thought it was hilarious and outlandish. The little girl tells her mother that the trip to the farm was boring, until the cow started crying and from then on it was chaos. The funny part to me about this whole book is that the little girl telling the story is so nonshalant the whole book! This story has lots of imagination and I would recommend telling it to your class.

Learning Experience: Lets think about cause and effect, what would most likely hap
Jul 04, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Written By: Trinka Hakes Nobel
Illustrated By: Steven Kellogg
Book Type: Fables

The story “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate The Wash” is about a girl. She tells her mother about a class trip to a farm she had been to earlier that day. She told her mother about a series of events that occured during the trip. As the mother questions her daughter about the trip, the daughter she said that without the teacher’s knowledge, Jimmy brought his pet boa constrictor along on the class trip. The events get sillier a
Dec 19, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing
I read this out loud to my students and some didn't quite get the joke. However, I often stopped reading as I couldn't stop giggling.

The story is told in flashback by a young girl who telling her mother about their field trip to the farm. For some reason, Jimmy felt the need to bring his boa constrictor. This "little" event leads to a chain reaction that results in Jimmy leaving behind his snake and bringing home a pig.

My older students cracked up, my younger students seemed puzzled and wiggled
Oct 14, 2012 Rosita rated it really liked it
This book was an ordinary trip, but a young girls tells her mama what happen on the field trip. The mother was totally totally surprised what all happen in the field trip to a farm. A fantastic, funny, engaging book. It helps that preschool children to alert to what will happen next. The children had a fights, brought a long and huge snake to the farm. The children throw corn a cob to each other. She brought a snake in the farm, but the girl brought a home a pet pig.

Learning Experience: The tea
Jun 09, 2008 Maria rated it really liked it
OK. If I was really being consistent with labeling, I would put this under "Noble" because she is the author. But I really want it to go on the Kellogg shelf because that's how I think of it. Then again, the story is much better than the other books I have reviewed of his so Trinka (what a name, huh?) should get credit for that. The story, about a disastrous field trip to a farm, is told in backwards order by a little girl. The story is hilarious and the pictures are perfect especially because y ...more
S. J.
Aug 06, 2012 S. J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to S. by: Reading Rainbow
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I must have read this thing a million times. Even in middle and high school, I'd pull it off the shelf and quickly read through it. I haven't been able to find my copy as some of my books have been packed away, but I still think fondly of this often. I was first introduced to this book through Reading Rainbow, and quickly checked it out of the library. The characters, the unbelievable situations, the quirky illustrations; they all combine to create a humorous little story that ...more
Shawna Sachs
Nov 28, 2012 Shawna Sachs rated it really liked it
Quite the day at the farm for a class trip. There is throwing of eggs and corn. Then the farmer is yelling at the pigs to get off of the bus and runs into a haystack which in turn falls on a cow. Then the farmer's wife starts to scream and all the children pack up the bus and leave. And what started all of this it was Jimmy's boa constrictor that ended up getting left at the farm. What do you think happened to the boa? Children from preshcool through 3rd grade would enjoy this book being read to ...more
Michelle McBeth
Jul 30, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
I read this book again after several years to remember why I like this book so much. The story is rather unrealistic. School kids take a trip to a farm where things get out of control because of Jimmy's pet boa constrictor which somehow ends up on the field trip. But the author tells the story in such a compelling way that you don't care whether it could have really happened, you just want to know what happens next. I like how the story is told backwards until you get to the beginning of where i ...more
Jayna Homer
Sep 10, 2008 Jayna Homer added it
Shelves: grades-k-2
This story is a flashback about a class field trip taken to a farm. It is told from the perspective of a girl in the class. She is retelling the day’s events to her mother as soon as she gets home from school. It all began when the cow started to cry. A series of accidents occur, including Jimmy, a boy in the class, bringing his pet boa constrictor to meet the farm animals and ended up getting loose in the hen house. It is comical and fun to read again and again. The illustrations tell a story t ...more
Apr 19, 2012 Nadya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: field-trip, animals
Review: The dialogue is between a girl and her mother. This helps children see the story through a third person point of view. This is a hilarious book in which the little girl shares her adventure at the farm in a cause and effect, where each event leads to another. The illustrations in this book make the story even better. Children have to use their imagination for this book.

Learning Experience: This is a good book to teach children about cause and effect. For this book we will do a cause and
Jan 20, 2014 MaykenAlanna rated it really liked it
Recommended to MaykenAlanna by: my mom
Great read for my three-year old. She's bilingual, we own the German translation and now she brought the French one home from the school library, so both mom and dad can have a go.
What I like best about the book is that first the chain of events is told backwards, and then forward again as the mother understands what was going on.
And the boa eating the wash is never actually mentioned except in the title - you have to check the pictures! (But your child will be sure to do that for you!)
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