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Shake the Tree!: A Minibombo Book

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  77 reviews
There's a whole lot of shaking going on -- and a funny final twist -- as a series of hungry animals seek shelter in an obliging tree.

Mouse spots a nut high up in a tree. "Mmm," she says. "I'm going to gobble that up!" So she shakes the tree a little to the right, and she shakes the tree a little to the left. But it isn't the nut that falls from the tree, it's Fox, who thin
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Candlewick Press

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Emily Duchon
this is perfect for babies and toddlers.

a bit of a classic story about a string of animals following one another up into a tree (each one higher up on the food chain than the last) at it's heart, but the real magic here lies in moving the book around vertically, shaking it, and exploring the tactile wonder that is "the book" and "the page."

perfect for toddlers as it involves short amounts of writing, lots of action and fun, and most perfectly-vibrant colors and illustrations of some of the world
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Find yourself a child to read this with ASAP!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidstuff
This was SO CUTE!
Mouse is in for a very big surprise when he shakes a tree to make a nut fall.
Fantastic, colorful illustrations, and a great surprise at the end.
I LOVED this one!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This bright and active picture book is just right for sharing aloud. When Mouse discovers a nut high in a tree, she tries shaking the tree to get it to fall down to her. She shakes it a little to the left and right, but the nut doesn’t budge. A fox though falls down out of the tree and wants to eat the Mouse who scampers up into the tree’s branches. So the Fox shakes the tree, but the Mouse and the nut do not fall down, instead a Warthog comes down and Fox runs up the tree to escape. When Bear f ...more
First sentence: Mouse spots a nut. "Mmm," she says. "I'm going to gobble that up!" So she shakes the tree a little to the right...shake...and a little to the left. Shake, shake. Uh-oh.

Premise/plot: Shake the Tree is an interactive picture book originally published in Italy in 2015. The 'bells and whistles' of this one are provided by the imagination of the readers--parent and child. In this one, a mouse sets out to shake a delicious nut out of the tree. That isn't exactly what happens when she
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute. Wouldn't work with my toddlers, because they'd all be fighting over grabbing the book, but would otherwise work for baby (bounce), toddler, or preschool.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Fun, funny and full of actions for little ones. Great book.
Debbie Smith
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
When a hungry mouse sees a nut in the tree she shakes the tree hoping to cause that tasty morsel to fall.

The book opens vertically to show the little mouse looking up at nut in a very tall tree. She shakes the tree a little to the right and a little to the left. Oops! It's not a nut that falls but a hungry fox who is ready to gobble her up. The frightened mouse scurries up the tree to escape the fox.

And thus begins the story. Each time an animal falls it is a little larger than the animal shakin
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, storytime
Funny. It all starts with a mouse who tries to shake a nut out of a tree. Instead, a fox falls to the ground. A fox who wants to eat the mouse. The mouse runs up the tree, and this time Fox shakes the tree. No mouse, but a warthog falls and wants to eat the Fox. This time Fox runs up the tree. The pattern continues till all the animals, and the nut, fall from the tree.
Kinda cute how the animals were already up in the tree, and return to it to hide from other animals that were also originally in
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Age: Toddler
Food: A nut
Nature: A tree

Mouse sees a nut up in a tree and shakes the trunk to knock it down and accidentally knocks down a hungry fox. And so it goes, each animal knocking down an animal bigger than itself until the strong hungry bear has his turn. (view spoiler)

Not the most logically sound book (if the animals are all up in the tree in the first place, why aren't th
McKenzie Richardson
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A wonderful book with a simple yet entertaining story. The book's interesting format, use of repetition, and adorable illustrations make it perfect for reading aloud to young children. I especially loved the participation element of shaking the tree with the various animals.

A very fun book.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Used for toddlers 10/26/18. Mouse sees a nut and shakes the tree, out fall a fox, a warthog and a bear. Unusual layout - you have to hold the book sideways, great pictures, great story with fun ending. Every animal shakes the tree to right and then to left. I didn't use shakers with the toddlers, but they might work with a small crowd of preschoolers.
Mary Librarian
This is a fun interactive story. A nut sits high up in the tree and mouse wants to eat it. With the reader's help mouse shakes that tree but what drops out is a surprise.

The book is read vertically for most of the pages. Lots of repetition makes this one a good candidate for reading aloud and for kids learning to read.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book - the illustrations, the format (half the book is vertical rather than horizontal pages and it just works!), the story, the ending. Highly recommended! I'm using it for preschool storytime and having my kiddos shake their shaker eggs to the left and to the right as the animals shake the tree.
Alicia Evans
This book was so entertaining! The change in layout is an interesting twist that will keep young readers amused and the book just begs for audience participation. I'd definitely see readers enjoying it over and over again.

For: readers wanting a silly story where readers can shake and jump around.

Possible red flags: characters in peril.
Stephanie Croaning
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, picture-books
This would make a fun read-aloud with a small group of preschool children. They can interact with the text by shaking along with the tree, and they will delight to see what animal falls out next. There is also a little surprise at the end.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is perfect for little ones and for storytimes. Hilarious and a delight to read. The little mouse shakes the tree to get the nut, but then something surprising falls out of the tree, and the pattern continues until the end.
Sarah T.
Kids love it when I read this at storytime. It's a great book for small storytime audiences because they can help you pat the tree, poke the blossoms, and shake tree as needed. They love it. Great for spring or fall.
Megan - Alohamora Open a Book
Super fun and cute book perfect for storytime. It could work great for Books to Boogie (a dancing storytime) or Toddler Storytime. Kids can shake along with you as you read shaking their hips or shakers, and the ending is fun
Great Books
First published in Italian in 2015. Interactive "shake the book" story that will get kids excited! The story builds on itself as each animal runs up the tree afraid of getting eaten by a bigger animal. Then comes bear, the biggest of them all...

Reviewer 24
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I LOVE this book! I shared it with 2 different ESL Pre-K classes this morning and they loved it too! It was fun to "shake" the tree and to see what came out of it. I didn't see the ending coming but we all laughed at it. Great interactive read aloud!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A silly, fun book that asks readers to interact by physically manipulating the book in order to make things happen. It was really cute!
Rebecca Ann
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the simple illustrations and interactive elements of this book. The red flag, however, is that there is much mention of animals eating each other.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun! Fun! Fun! Perfect for wiggly kids who can't sit through a long book or have missed recess. This is going to be a favorite.
Anna Field
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This book was really cute and was really funny. My kids were laughing out loud!
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fun book for storytime! My one complaint is having to turn the book around so many times.
There's a nut in the tree that the mouse wants to eat, but when he shakes the tree, it's not the nut that falls out.
Syntha Green
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
this fun, interactive book would be great for storytime.
Miss Sarah
This laugh out loud interactive book features a tree and the animals that keep falling out it when it is shaken. preschool and up for humor
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