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Bangalee (Serendipity)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,279 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Bangalee tries to persuade the other kritters to change their messy ways before the dreaded grunk arrives.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 12th 1977 by Turtleback Books (first published 1976)
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AmberBug **
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I completely forgot about these books until I stumbled upon them on Goodreads. This author was one of my favorites growing up. I read the entire group of books over and over and over again. What fond memories this gave me!
Audrey Baxter
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Childhood Memories

So much fun to read a book I remember as a kid. Fun illustrations and a story that has a lesson and is fun to read. This book enthralled my children as much as it did me when I was little.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Woe is the sole voice of cleanliness amidst a world of junk, yet lo the many who messily meander and leave a trail of funk, for they will satisfy the hunger of the Grunk.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is so cute and relevant. Sometimes I feel like the Bangalee when I see people throwing garbage out of their car windows. This book has a great message for children.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book comes with a moral, and from my childhood. Perhaps my consoling to motivate my sister and me to clean our room. I can't say it worked, but my banged up and battered copy of this book still makes me smile.
Molly Warshaw
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These books were a staple of my childhood. I wish I hadn't given them away years ago, because now they've become hard to find. Or maybe I'm not looking hard enough. Any who, every child should read these books. The stories are fun and the illustrations are magical!
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
3.5 stars rounded up because I remember how much I loved this book as a kid and the creatures are so cute.

These Serendipity books are not withstanding the passing of time for me.

In Bangalee, the creatures are in danger of being eaten by a monster because they don't keep themselves or their home clean. Once they monster goes away, they keep it clean ever after. Of course the hero is, "...the one creature in the whole world who could always find that spot you missed." Nothing was said about him b
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: book, serendipity
The summary on this one is a bit off since the creatures don't seem to know what a grunk is until one shows up on their doorstep to eat away the trash left from the litter-bugging Kritters. The story was cute and entertaining while a fun way of getting one to be clean.

The Kritters went from one extreme to the other so I don't know how long they stayed a spotless cleaning creature but that is for the minds of the readers to ponder.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love love Serendipity books and this one is my favorite one!

I just adore Robin James' illustrations, they are just so sweet, and the stories have nice messages.

Bangalee is about a sweet, quiet, tidy Kritter surrounded by messy, chaotic friends who learn the value of tidiness.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I really liked these books as a child.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Favorite book of all time!!!
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember buying and reading this book to my granddaughter over and over and over. I love the book cover!
Tonya Baumbach
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-read
This was one of my favorite books as a child and wish i could put my hands on it today! Messiness will get you into a lot of trouble.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
My mother liked to use this book's moral to get us to clean our rooms and as kids we fell for it. Lovely illustrations and story telling. A good childhood staple in our home for many years.
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Great books for Children with moral to the stories.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-and-ya
On the evils of being messy.
Jan 22, 2009 added it
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Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book, anybody else remember Mr. Farrand reading us Serendipity books in 7th and 8th grade French class? Those were the days!!
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Check out my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing for my thoughts and memories of the Serendipity series!
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this when I was a kid!!
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abookshelf
LOVED these as a child!
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any child.
Cute book with typically awesome pictures, I'd expect nothing less from this author and illustrator team.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Basically 30 pages saying Clean up your room, hang up your clothes, bathe, and brush your teeth. The pictures are cute but the story is boring.
Deborah Weiss
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book as a kid. The illustrations were so fascinating to me! I can't remember the storyline now, but I'm sure its great. I'm sure. :)
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Mom always read this to me when she wanted me to clean my room, so it holds residual childhood trauma for me. XD
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