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The Great Fuzz Frenzy

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,837 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
Deep, deep down in their underground town, the prairie dogs live in harmony - until a mysterious, fluorescent, very fuzzy thing (otherwise known as a tennis ball) rolls down their hole. When the prairie dogs discover that they can pluck and pull the fuzz into fabulous fashions, their fear quickly turns to curiosity, then delight, then pure greed.
The frenzy that erupts thre
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Paperback, 56 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Michelle Isenhoff
I discovered this fabulous picture book a few years ago with my middle son and we both loved it. Now my youngest son asks me to read it again and again. And I oblige, because it’s one of those rare books that never wears out no matter how many times you read it. The pictures are brilliant and funny, and the text just rolls out in a fun, quirky, “fuzzy” tumble.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy takes place in a prairie dog hole. Before the text begins, pictures show a great big golden retriever dropping a ten
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Christy
Mar 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notable Book of the English Language Arts (BELA) 2006
The GREAT FUZZ FRENZY is an excellent read aloud for primary students. The story begins with a dog dropping a tennis ball into a prairie dog tunnel. The frightened prairie dogs don’t know what to do with the fuzzy round thing that just invaded their home. After some initial investigating, the prairie dogs discover that the tennis ball is a great source of entertainment.
Honored for its excellent use of language, THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY, is full
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Eva Leger
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
Julia loved this book! Neither of us have read many - if any - other books involving prairie dogs so that added to the excitement.
The story follows the prairie dogs as they find a tennis ball that has fallen into their hole after being dropped by a dog. No one knows what it is but after examination by a brave, young prairie dog they find that the green fuzz is actually pretty neat. They find more playful uses for this fuzz than one could count and all are displayed for the reader.
When a bully
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Donalyn
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread this with our first grade reading buddies this week and was surprised to see that I'd never recorded it in goodreads.

A great book about sharing and doing what's best when it's unpopular. The only thing that would improve this book is if the tennis ball fuzz was real:)
jacky
Jun 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Alicia read this to me in the car while I ate my snack in the parking lot before we headed home from practicum. It has great word usage, including synonyms and onomatopoeia. It was also fun how some of the pages folded out and needed to be turned to be read.
Dolly
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, 2010
This is a bit of an odd book. A tennis ball goes down a prairie dog hole and they get into a frenzy of fuzz. There's a subplot about the redemption of a bully and being kind to everyone, even if they aren't always kind to you. Our girls liked it, especially the pull-out pages.
Mackenzie
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this book it is funny
Sally
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story with wonderful illustrations.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read at Storytime on July 12th
Theme: Favorite Stories
V.A. Trafton
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
curiosity got the best of these prairie dogs in more ways than one. favorite part was the fuzz frenzy, fuzz fiesta, fuzz fandangle and whole prairie a buzz about fuzz. cute.
Laura
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite picture books.
Lori
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and fuzzy read. My Boys and Girls Club kids wanted me to read it again. :)
Ezekiel
Content Note: Bullying behavior, near-death experience

Do you hate those "anti-bullying" books that just reinforce bullying culture? Ones where the bullying by some characters is just hand-waved away at the end? Or ones where the person bullying is just the "enemy" and can't possibly be redeemed? (like Hooway for Wodney Wat) OR... ones where the bully's redemption means that the other characters can't point out the bully's inappropriate behavior? Or, finally the ones where the character needs to
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Rachel
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Fairy tale(?)
Awards:
Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award (Kansas)
Charlotte Award (New York)
Colorado Children's Book Award (Colorado)
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (North Dakota)
Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland)
NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts
Wanda Gag Award

The Great Fuzz Frenzy is a fictional story about a group of prairie dogs and a tennis ball. One day, while out on a walk, a dog dropped its tennis ball into a prairie d
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Krista Vogts
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
This was a very cheerful book. I liked it because it teaches a valuable lesson. It shows readers that you should never let a material item control your actions. The prairie dogs fought over the fuzz, and when it was gone they realized that they didn't need it. They were happy when it was gone, and there was less fighting when it was gone. This would be a fun book to read to students because it is really attention grabbing with the word choice. Also, the illustrations are wonderful!
Koorihime-sama
CHECKED OUT THE BOOK FROM MY PUBLIC LIBRARY.

APART OF THE GOODREADS 2011 READING CHALLENGE.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5


When Violet drops her ball down a prairie-dog hole, the prairie-dogs are confuses at first. However, after the confusion, what kind of thins will do with the ball?

Based on a true story of when Janet Stevens’ dog, Violet, drops a tennis ball down a prairie-dog hole. That’s when the two authors started wondering w
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Tara Smith
Category/Genre: Picture Book/Fiction
Reading Level: 420L
Interest Level: K-3

Awards: 2007 Children's Book Award, 2006 Wanda Gag Book Award,2007 Red Clover Book Award

Description: The adventure begins when a dog drops a tennis ball into a prairie dog, underground, community. They become greedy, crazed prairie dogs wanting the fuzz off from the ball.

Characteristics:
1. One characteristic of a picture book is when the illustrator uses the endpapers to add to a story. In this story the endpapers in the
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Maria
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, a fuzzy ball causes turmoil in prairie dog town when it rolls down into their tunnels. The prairie dogs don’t know what to make of the mysterious object that has rolled into their tunnel. But, soon each one wants a piece of the fuzz. When some of the prairie dogs don’t get any, emotions fly high and a brawl ensues. Big Bark, the bossy prairie dog nobody likes, steals the fuzz when they exhaust themselves fighting and fall asle ...more
Amanda Andrews
Book Title: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Short Description of the Book: A colony of prairie dogs is invaded by a strange yellow sphere (a tennis ball.) Chaos ensues when they realize they can pull the yellow fuzz off the ball and use it in a variety of silly ways.

FOCUS: Narrative Features I would use in a Mini-Lesson

1.) Narrative Structure and dialogue: In many pages of the book, Janet Stevens uses only dialogue to tell what is happening in the story. For exam
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Kristen
The Great Fuzz Frenzy
Reading Level: Picture Book
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Mystery
Illustrator:

The story begins with a dog’s tennis ball falling down into the ground where a bunch of prairie dogs live. The pages expand and fold out giving the audience a good visual of the path the tennis ball takes. Having never seen a tennis ball before and having no idea what it is, the group of prairie dogs are somewhat scared but intrigued by the foreign object. The ‘alpha dog’ of the group, named Big Bark is bot
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Jennifer
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of The Great Fuzz Frenzy actually starts on the endpapers and title page as we see Violet, a dog, drop her tennis ball down a prairie dog hole. While readers will recognize the fuzzy ball for what it is, the prairie dogs have no idea what this strange object is or does, until Pip Squeak, the smallest prairie dog gets up the courage to touch it and brings away a bit of fuzz starting the frenzy. Refreshingly this does not become a story of how the somewhat bullying Big Bark gets his come ...more
Matthew
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the book that helped me fall for Janet Stevens writing first. The story is one that lends itself to a really dramatic read-aloud. The prairie dog mound accidentally receives the gift of a tennis ball from a careless dog that drops it down their hole. Rather than play with the tennis ball, they are instead enamored with the green fuzz all around the ball. They squabble over the fuzz, work themselves into a frenzy and pass out, only to have the fuzz taken by the biggest prairie dog ...more
Bethany Ayers
This book is about animals, social situations, friendship, and communities. The story is about a group of prairie dogs. One day a tennis ball rolls down into their hole. The prairie dogs figure out how to pull the fuzz off of the tennis ball and they make a new fashion out of it. After awhile, the excitement of the fuzz turns into greed, and starts to tear apart the prairie dog town. When the meanest prairie dog takes all the fuzz for himself, the prairie dogs actually end up rescuing him and sa ...more
Melanie
Daisy the dog accidentally dropped her tennis ball down a prairie dog hole. Watch out below! The prairie dogs aren't sure what it is. But Pip Squeak isn't afraid to get close and figure it out. It's round and covered with...green fuzz! Oh, what fun! Everyone begins picking off the green fuzz and wearing it in funny ways. But then, one day, the green fuzz runs out. Now what? Squabbling ensues as the prairie dogs become greedy and begin to bicker with each other. It keeps going until Big Bark, the ...more
Kendra
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Janet Stevens! In this book, a tennis ball is accidentally dropped down a prairie dog hole by a dog. The prairie dogs do not know what it is, but their curiosity gets the better of them and they start finding fun ways to use the fuzz from the ball. The problems comes in when the fuzz runs out! The prairie dogs start to fight with each other, treating each other unkindly. When Big Bark, the meanest, scariest prairie dog takes all the fuzz and gets carried away by an eagle, the other prairi ...more
Sheri
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this premise of what happens when a tennis ball falls down an entrance to a prairie dog town underground. The prairie dogs are so funny with the fuzz on the ball. This story has a rhyme and a rhythm to it and is written as though someone is watching and telling what the prairie dogs are doing. And the dogs do help out the bully or Big Bark. It tells how the prairie dogs work together as a group. It is a fun story and the lay out with several pull out pages is an interesting way to set thi ...more
Alyssa Weber
The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens has been nominated for a Wanda Gag Read Aloud Book Award. It is an amazing book, that tells a silly story. Best of all, it has beautiful watercolor illustrations. The Great Fuzz Frenzy tells the story of what happens when a tennis ball falls into the tunnel of a prairie dog family. The story is filled with alliteration, onomatopoeia, and rhyming words! I recommend this book for readers 8-10. However, I definitely recommend this book to be in any classroom l ...more
Christine Turner
Deep, deep down in their underground town, the prairie dogs live in harmony--until a mysterious, fluorescent, very fuzzy thing (otherwise known as a tennis ball) rolls down their hole. When the prairie dogs discover that they can pluck and pull the fuzz into fabulous fashions, their fear quickly turns to curiosity, then delight, then pure greed. The frenzy that erupts threatens to tear apart the prairie-dog town forever. But when mean ol' Big Bark is kidnapped after taking all the fuzz for himse ...more
Ashley Fischer
The illustrator really sets the story up for the reader through the cover, end papers, title page and dedication page. Students can use these pages to predict what happens and how it happened. Each of these pages has a different picture that leads up to how the tennis ball got into the prairie dog hole. The color value of the pictures shows that when it is dark it is taking place under ground and when there are more brighter and vibrant colors it takes place above ground. The illustrator uses li ...more
Brooklyn Schamens
This book was about how a group of prairie dogs came across a tennis ball that fell in their burrow. They had no idea what it was and if it was alive or not. "Big Bark" the head prairie dog, told them to leave it alone, but nobody listened. Soon all of the prairie dogs took all of the fuzz off of the tennis ball and thought it was the coolest thing. The book ended with Big Bark taking all of the fuzz and then being taken by an eagle, but eventually got away. The eagle took all of the fuzz and le ...more
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Janet Stevens began drawing as a child. Pictures decorated her walls, mirrors, furniture and school work -- including math assignments. While this didn't always sit well with her teachers, it was what she loved to do.

Janet’s father was in the Navy therefore she moved a great deal and attended many schools while growing up.

After graduating from high school in Hawaii in 1971 she landed a job creati
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