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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A baby kangaroo tries desperately to learn how to jump, but can't quite make the leap. . .

Again and again she tries, with the hearty encouragement of a frog, a grasshopper, and a rabbit, not to mention his doting Mama. But instead of boinging he blomps, bloomps, and blomps. But then, a koala comes up with a surprising solution, and our little hero boings literally right o
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Oct 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
The book has several flaws, the chief of which is that it is difficult to read to someone since the author provides no non-visual queues for who is saying what. This forces me to ad lib so that the girls can follow along with the story. The other is that the story is paper thin and the dialogue almost nonexistant.

All of that though pales in comparison to this books chief virtue, which is that it makes my little undersized former premie with the physical development problems want to jump!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute. Reading it out loud to a group was a little awkward because it's presented comic book style. That's my only complaint. It's a fun, cute book. Better for preschoolers than toddlers. ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
A rabbit, grasshopper, frog, and mamma kangaroo encourage a little girl kangaroo to jump. She tries and tries but keeps landing on her face. A fellow marsupial, the koala, asks, "What do you have in your pocket?" The little kangaroo pulls out enough toys to fill a toy box, and is finally able to jump. This book has adorable illustrations and a surprise pop-up at the end. Good for use in a storytime with a lot of movement-- you have to jump a lot! ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Sophie, almost three, gave this five stars today by asking me to read it over and over again and then laughing each time. When we got home from the library she delightedly showed her mommy and grandpa this wonderful book. I guess I will have to give this five stars, too. It's lots of fun. A little kangaroo is trying to learn to hop, but isn't having much luck. The pictures are simple, bright, and entertaining. Not much dialog - mostly "boing!" - but lots of fun. ...more
Tawnya Yardley
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my 6 year old nephew and he loved it. He begged me to read it outloud to him again and again. The bright colors add interest and excitement expecially for young readers. This is a pattern book, but an interactive book too. I highly recommend this for a read outloud book.
Jennifer Kelley
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun! I read this in storytime. After reading two books that featured frogs, I asked if anyone knew of other animals that liked to jump. At all but one storytime, at least one child said kangaroo, which was a great lead into the story. The children loved the Boing Boing Boing!
Jesse James
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Its the best book yet. My favorite book.
Beatrice Fox
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice ismple book. It succeeds in having absolutely adorable and appealing artwork. It shows a mama kangaroo teaching a joey how to jump, with the help of other jumpers: a cricket, a frog, and a rabbit...and...a koala. It's clever and original. It's one of those books that's kinda sparse but allows you to enjoy the spread of a scene. Such cute characters.
Emily Carlyn
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is a really fun book! Do kangaroos have a hard time learning how to jump? They do! this book is full of characters showing the joey how to jump. He tries very earnestly several times. It's fun to pretend to crouch down like the kangaroo as he is getting ready to jump, and count to 3 then turn the page. The build up really lends itself to the excitement of the last page. ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Especially good if you have the kind of kid who likes to collect "treasures" in pockets. Light on text, but big on personality, this one is definitely a picture book - almost a graphic novel for kids, with lots of sound-effect worda and information in the illustrations. See if you can read the text-heavy page in one breath, and then look for all of the objects in the list. ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This would be a great book to use for studying growth mindset, how to use onomatopoeias, and how to be a good friend. Fantastic book for ages 1-8!

Kids will love the pop up words at the end too!
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable. Little kangaroo can't jump like his mama can, but why not? His friends help him find out. And it's funny. ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Fun book about the challenge of a kid trying to walk. The key to success is a bizarre surprise revealed suddenly rather than with the usual foreshadowing and I think the foreshadowing would have been more effective. The style includes some graphic symbols for flourish and some surprise (and random) sky color changes (from blue to magenta to orange and then changing back for no apparent reason, though the visual idea of the changes is nice) and little asides by the characters. Surprise pop-up in ...more
Ann Haefele
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have loved Nick Bruel's Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty books, and was surprised to find this one on the library shelves. I did not know about this first book of his for children. Fun story about a baby kangaroo learning to hop. He is not successful until a koala bear recommends he take all the stuff out of his pocket. This page is fun because it is like an I spy page. There is a list of everything he takes out of his pocket, and it is all there on the page to find. Love the expressions of the animal ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preschool - primary
I missed most of this one at story time today because Natalie was trying to socialize with the mother and toddler next to us. In actuality, she was falling between two chairs and trying to poke the poor little girl in the eyes. Anyway, what I did see and hear of this one looked good. Cute kangaroos. Plot appeared to be about the young kangaroo learning to hop. Funny section on what was in his pouch.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
There was not much dialogue in this, but I can see where children would be entertained by this book. A rabbit, grasshopper, frog, and mamma kangaroo encourage a little girl kangaroo to jump. She tries and tries but keeps landing on her face. The koala, asks, she has in her pocket. The kangaroo has her pouch filled with toys that can fill an entire toy box. She then is able to jump.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-hour
I used this in story time today and the kids really enjoyed it! Especially when Koala asks Joey what he has in his pocket. We started the story by practicing our jumping skills. This was a good, quick book for story time that could be used with a variety of themes including jumping, learning new skills, books about Australian or zoo animals, and, of course, pockets!
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A little kangaroo is getting bouncing lessons from his mama as a koala, rabbit, grasshopper, and frog look on. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to jump. The other jumping animals demonstrate how to do it, but it's the wise koala that figures out what the little kangaroo's problem really is.

Excellent illustrations.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book contains very few words (except on 1 page). My kids love it. They want me to read it over and over and then read it themselves.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! The joey can't hop because he has stuffed his pocket full of too many things! ...more
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Pretty fun.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, preschool
Tough to do for story time, but a cute story nonetheless. Mama kangaroo and other natural hoppers are trying to teach baby kangaroo how to Boing!
Apr 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-books
Very cute- too short for storytime.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Liby likes this book. It's cute. ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb, storytime
this book can be about trying your hardest and figuring out what weighs you down. You can also talk to kids about how we can encourage one another.
Abbie Arensdorf
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Easy to read, it is good for a young child, there is not a lot of words but very easy to interpret pictures.
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
Little kangaroo learns to hop.
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Nick Bruel is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of children's books including Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, and Boing!, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.


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