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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

(Jimmy's Boa #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  19,564 ratings  ·  267 reviews
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 9th 1992 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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This beginner book is a funny comedy. There is plenty of mayhem for everyone to enjoy. A girl comes home from a field trip, at her school, to the farm for the day. It was some story told by the mother having to pull the details out of the girl and she is very nonchalant about it all. There was an egg fight and a corn fight and a crying cow to name a few things. As the title says, the Boa does eat the wash. It is a comedy of errors. I bet that farmer doesn’t let a busload of kids come again.


“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
Although one can I guess call Steven Kellogg’s vivid accompanying artwork for Trinka Hakes Noble’s The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash colourful, engagingly descriptive and fun, if I am to be altogether truthful and up-front here, Kellogg’s illustrations are also much too cartoon-like, much too frenetic and silly for my visual and aesthetic tastes (albeit it is of course also and equally correct to point out that Steven Kellogg’s pictures do realistically reflect the frenetic and all over the place ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
A fairly amusing book.
❀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. ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The kid is currently in a Boa phase and wants to read this and only this before bed.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was a fun one!
Sara Andrews
Nov 06, 2014 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
Apr 20, 2009 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.

This book was featured as one of the selections for the October 2019: Celebrating Steven Kellogg discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at Goodreads.
Oct 15, 2011 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 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. ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quirky children’s book. A child comes home from a school trip to a farm, and when asked how the trip was, regales her mother with stories of the remarkable misadventures that the class gets up to
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chidderbooks
THIS IS A GOOD 'UN! ...more
Aug 24, 2008 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. ...more
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.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I somehow missed this book in it’s Reading Rainbow days. I love this story because it is told exactly like a kid would tell it. How was the class trip. It was boring...until…. You have to pull each little part of the story out of the child in a backward timeline. Its funny, its adorable, and its perfectly illustrated by the master Steven Kellogg. No wonder this book was a Reading Rainbow hit that is still heavily read today.
Denis Verdecia
Apr 17, 2016 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
Emily Anderson
Nov 25, 2013 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
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
I've a three year old who's favourite toy animal right now is a snake which prompted me to buy the book since it had good reviews and the title itself is quite catchy.

It was not too much of a success with my daughter and I found it a bit awkward to read with the way it was written. I would probably try it again in another year or so when she's a little bigger. Over all not a very enjoyable experience.
Maybe not my thing. I like Kellogg's colorful illustrations, and the book is certainly very silly, but I feel like the ultimate implication (even though it ends up not being true) is that the girl is just a big ol' liar. And if she's not a liar, then she has a weird perception of what's normal. I feel like my complaints are sort of silly; I guess it just didn't work for me the way Imogene's Antlers does (the two appear to be lumped together). ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-general
This was one of my son's favorite books when he was but a young tyke. I also think it very funny the way the little girl tells the story completely backwards. And Kellogg's watercolor and ink paintings are full of the energy and chaos of everything that occurred on the farm during the school trip. He is also great at capturing expressions on the faces of humans and animals alike. ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3 - 6 year olds, read-aloud
A funny but outrageous story! A school field that spirals into going terribly wrong. For a second I thought this had to be by the same author as It Wasn't My Fault but no, they have nothing in common except for the kid ending up with an egg on his head ... ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Well, I suppose my children (7yo and 4yo) will buck the trend of most of the reviews for this book: they didn't really like the book. They thought the egg fight was a bit funny but otherwise they thought it was dull. They also didn't care for the style in which this book is written. It seemed flat.

This will be one book we won't be reading again.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, picture-books
A class field trip to a farm turns chaotic as the students throw eggs at one another, the pigs eat the students’ lunches on the bus and Jimmy’s pet boa constrictor upsets the chickens and the farmer’s wife.

Good story to discuss dialogue. Also, the idea of how things build gradually - information released a little at a time.
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
grumble i suppose i should like this because it's a classic grumble. class trip to the farm becomes lively due to a pet snake. ...more
Samantha Penrose
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books
Nice illustrations, but unless you are using two voices (mother and child), it reads kind of rambly.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was okay. Jimmy's boa at the wash and I didn't really like that because the farmer's wife was screaming. ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pic-books
My goodness! What a trip. Highly imaginative, and a good example of how one thing can lead to another. Every action has consequences.
Noelle Jensen, Age 6
Dec 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
She got an egg in her hair- that's a bad thing! I don't like this book because pigs are yucky and they are covered in mud. ...more
Rachelle Renee Kirby
I absolutely loved this book as a child. If I could only convey what a magical part of my childhood books were. Steven Kellogg is an amazing artist. I now own a copy of this book for my kids <3
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