Synopses & Reviews
Hop! Plop! Boom! Bop! This day's fun will never stop!
Mouse and Elephant know that the perfect remedy to a boring day is a trip to the playground. But it's a little tough to decide which playground ride is their favorite. With Elephant so Big, and Mouse so Small, each ride can be a bit of a challenge for the pair. The seesaw sends Mouse soaring. The swings are a total flop for Elephant. And the whirly-bird is just a bit too whirly for Mouse. It takes a little bit of trial and a whole lot of error before Mouse and Elephant discover what their favorite really is -- each other.
A funny and charming look at friendship, with a simple and playful text that the youngest audiences will beg to hear over and over!
"Dunrea's (the Gossie & Friends series) expressive watercolor-and-ink illustrations enhance this uncomplicated story about friendship by first-time authors Schwartz and Klein. The difference in size between Elephant and Mouse makes it difficult for them to use Mouse's favorite playground equipment together. When Elephant sits on the seesaw ('Hop! Plop!'), Mouse goes flying ('Boom! Bop!'), and even though Mouse eats an entire watermelon to make himself heavier, he still ends up in the air. Dunrea capitalizes on the story's cartoon action while the simple text includes plenty of verbs sprinkled across the pages in crayon-bright colors. When Elephant pushes Mouse on the swing ('Swing! Fling! Whiz! Ding!'), Mouse resembles a flying trapeze artist as the swing rolls up like a window shade on the top bar. A dexterous use of line and luxurious white space focuses readers' attention on the intrepid characters; the artist also adds details that children will be sure to appreciate. For instance, Mouse and Elephant sit with their backs to each other and their eyes closed ('Mouse yawned. Elephant yawned') while a fly zooms dangerously close to the pachyderm's open mouth. Not until Elephant wisely decides to offer his trunk as a slide do the two enjoy themselves. 'Now that was fun,' Mouse said. 'Elephant, you are my favorite!' Although the theme of this undemanding story may be somewhat muddled, the companionship shared by the two friends comes through crystal-clear. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
COREY ROSEN SCHWARTZ and TALI KLEIN met at an Internet company where they created interactive stories and games for kids. Hop! Plop! is their first book for children. Corey lives with her husband and two children in New York City. Tali lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
OLIVIER DUNREA has written and illustrated more than 40 books for children, including the beloved Gossie and Gertie books. His books have won numerous awards and are published in more than 20 countries. Olivier lives in a tiny, remote mountain village on the western edge of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.