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Title: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Age Range: 3 - school age
After years of dreaming of planting a garden, Mr. McGreely finally
takes hoe and watering can in hand and makes his dream come true.
Unfortunately for him (but luckily for readers), this is not the
happily-ever-after part of the story. Late one night, three hungry
bunnies appear: "Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat! Muncha! Muncha!
Muncha!" The next morning finds our farmer gnashing his teeth
over the gnawed sprouts. So he builds a small wire fence. That
night... "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!" So Mr. McGreely builds
a tall wooden wall. You get the idea. Young readers will hang
on every word until they find out, once and for all, who will
win the battle of the broccoli.
Packed with repetitive and onomatopoeic phrases, Candace Fleming's
tale of man against nature will keep kids giggling--it may even
inspire them to chomp on a few carrots themselves! G. Brian Karas's
lively illustrations in gouache and pencil are full of visual
wit, as the audacious "twitch-whiskers" patiently watch
Mr. McGreely at his seemingly futile endeavors.
Review by Emilie Coulter