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***Muncha!  Muncha!  Muncha!

by Candace Fleming

illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Reviewed May 6, 2003.
An Anne Schwartz Book, Atheneum Books for Yourng Readers (Simon & Schuster), New York, 2002.  32 pages.
Available at Sembach Library  (E FLE).

When I saw the reaction this new book got at Library Story Time, I simply had to choose it for this week’s Picture Book Pick.

As soon as I read the title, I had one of the children chanting, “Muncha!  Muncha!  Muncha!”  It’s simply irresistible.  The story tells of a farmer who goes to greater and greater lengths to keep bunnies out of his garden.  Each time the bunnies get in, there’s a refrain that ends with “Muncha!  Muncha! Muncha!”  by the end of the book, I had all twenty kids chanting along with me, and they didn’t stop when the book ended!

This is a sure hit for a read-aloud selection with preschool up to early school-age kids.  Great fun!

Reviews of other books by Candace Fleming:
The Lincolns
Ben Franklin's Almanac
Amelia Lost
The Tide Pool Waits
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh
The Enigma Girls
Oh No!

Review of another book illustrated by G. Brian Karas:
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman

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