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One day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree, story by Daniel Bernstrom ; pictures by Brendan Wenzel

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One day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree
Title
One day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree
Statement of responsibility
story by Daniel Bernstrom ; pictures by Brendan Wenzel
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gobbled by a snake, a crafty boy finds a find a way out of his predictament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals
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Writing style
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 /* Starred Review */ A carefree brown boy with a toy plays underneath a eucalyptus tree, catching the eye of a magnificent yellow snake hidden in the branches above. Opening his great jaw, the snake gobbles up the boy whole! From inside, the boy encourages the snake, “there’s more you can eat.” What’s the boy thinking? With each prompt, the gluttonous snake, with his googly eyes and silly grin, sneaky-slidey zips and devours a bird with a worm, a moss-clothed sloth, an ape eating grapes, and more. His stomach stretches as the multitude tosses and turns, their bright white eyes popping inside his belly dark and deep. Onomatopoeia and action words abound, as does the rhythm and repetition, making this cumulative tale skip along. The rainbow eucalyptus tree, its leaves, and the fanciful mix of critters are depicted in marvelously colorful digital illustrations. They appear in dramatic, shifting planes as the snake zips and wiggle-waggles toward each animal in succession, gobbling them up. When will the snake be sated? Even swollen and tongue lolling, when urged by the boy, the snake cannot resist a small piece of fruit topped by a teeny-tiny fly. Oh my! “Gurgle-gurgle came a blurble,” and with a gigantic “BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” the snake expels them all! Whew! The boy happily closes his eyes underneath the tree . . . but is that a crocodile watching him? Children will eat this up. -- McDermott, Jeanne (Reviewed 4/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 15, p76)
  • PreS-Gr 2—"One day in the leaves/of the eucalyptus tree/hung a scare in the air/where no eye could see." A large yellow snake with purple forked tongue lies in wait for its next meal. Along comes a wide-eyed little boy, who gets gobbled right up. "'I'll bet,' said the boy,/in the belly dark and deep,/'that you're still very hungry/and there's more you can eat.'" And so, with the clever tyke's encouragement, the greedy predator proceeds to eat a bird with a worm, a cat, an ape eating grapes, a bear, a hive full of bees, and a fruit with a fly. "Gurgle-gurgle came a blurble/from that belly deep and full…" and out exit the animal's victims, leaving the regretful snake with a "crummy tummyache." The digitally created art features full spreads depicting the ever-inflating snake and its alarmed victims on the recto and the boy and the other victims cloaked in the darkness of the snake's belly on the verso. Children will enjoy the rhythms of the musical text and eagerly anticipate each new meal, reveling in the inevitable outcome. VERDICT Pair this title with any version of "There Was an Old Lady" for a satisfying storytime.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools --Barbara Auerbach (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 4, p126)
  • /* Starred Review */ A dark-skinned "boy with a whirly-twirly toy" skips through the forest, unaware of the snake lurking in the eucalyptus tree. That sneaky snake gobbles up the boy and his toy. From deep inside "the belly dark and deep" the intrepid boy repeats a refrain suggesting that the snake is still hungry and should eat something else, as there is certainly more room in its tummy. Finding a plethora of animals in the double-named tree, the snake eats a bird with a worm and, encouraged further, proceeds to gobble a cat, a sloth, a bear, and an entire hive filled with bees. Finally, goaded by the boy, he swallows a small piece of fruit, complete with fly. The hugely engorged snake can hold no more and gurgles and belches out all the creatures it has swallowed, including the little boy, who goes merrily on his way with his toy, leaving the snake with a massive tummy ache. Bernstrom's spritely language rhythmically sings an exciting, laugh-filled, cumulative story. Bold, large print highlights the events as the snake slides, wiggles, and twists while the animals crinkle, munch, and buzz. Wenzel's wildly imaginative, brightly hued digital illustrations are a wonderfully goofy complement to the action, whether depicting the goings-on in the dark tummy or the creatures' idiosyncrasies and their bug-eyed surprise as they are consumed. Marvelous fun. (Picture book. 3-8)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2016)
Awards note
Illinois Monarch Award, 2018.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10488509
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bernstrom, Daniel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wenzel, Brendan
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hunger
  • Snakes
  • Animals
  • Animals
  • Humorous stories
  • Snakes
  • Hunger
Target audience
primary
Label
One day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree, story by Daniel Bernstrom ; pictures by Brendan Wenzel
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000056414152
Dimensions
24 x 27 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062354853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)951722770
Label
One day in the eucalyptus, eucalyptus tree, story by Daniel Bernstrom ; pictures by Brendan Wenzel
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000056414152
Dimensions
24 x 27 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062354853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)951722770

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