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Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr. Seuss

Gerald McBoing Boing

by Dr. Seuss

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    Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (sweetiegherkin)
    sweetiegherkin: If your young toddler/preschooler enjoyed all the sound effects of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, then your older child will love Gerald McBoing Boing, which adds some more story to the silly sounds. Older children who liked hearing Gerald McBoing Boing read aloud will likely also enjoy reading Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? to themselves or aloud.… (more)

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When Gerald starts to speak, he makes noises like "Boing Boing," "Boom!," and "Clang Clang Clang!" instead of words. His parents and teacher are at their wits' end, and his peers tease the lonely boy. Just when Gerald feels the most dejected, he is met with an offer by the owner of a radio station to come in and make the sound effects for radio programming, catapulting him to fame.

Gerald McBoing Boing is a book based on the movie of the same name, written by Dr. Seuss. Having never seen the movie, I cannot make any comparisons between the two, but I can say that is a delightful book. If your young toddler/preschooler enjoyed all the sound effects of Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, then your older child will love Gerald McBoing Boing, which adds some more story to the silly sounds.

The radio station reference may be a bit dated (as are the strict gender roles of Gerald's parents, although this is only obvious in the illustrations with a bit of 1950s knowledge), but this book stands the test of time well. Kids can still relate with the idea of being lonely or different at times, and the fact that Gerald overcomes this -- precisely by being exactly who he really is -- is always a nice message.

The illustrations are not by Dr. Seuss but by Mel Crawford. While you won't get the typical Seussical style, Crawford's illustrations are fun and lively as well as colorful, detailed, and making use of interesting perspectives.

Not only did I enjoy this title, but I read this book with my 4-year-old babysitting charge yesterday, who giggled over it and immediately wanted to hear it again! ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 2, 2014 |
Published only briefly in book form and then made into an Academy Award-winning animated movie in 1951, Gerard McBoing Boing is about a little boy who is ostracized by his family, friends, and school, because he makes sounds instead of words. He decides to run away, because he feels so different and alone. A radio announcer discovers Gerard’s talents and hires him because of his unique sound-making abilities. I had never heard about this book until a recent trip to the public library. What a fun story with a great message about the opportunity for everyone to be successful in life… ( )
1 vote YvetteKolstad | May 11, 2013 |
Gerald doesn't speak, he makes sounds. ( )
  dianecaesar | Mar 8, 2012 |
Classic Seuss about a boy who makes a good life for himself even though he doesn't talk but only makes sounds instead.
  marlasheffel | Feb 19, 2012 |
Another great resource for teaching onomatopoeia. FUN read aloud! ( )
  gkristi | Apr 19, 2011 |
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"Just suppose," said Ted "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, "there was a little kid who didn't speak words but only weird sounds?" Thus Gerald McBoing Boing was born, brought to life by a studio called United Productions of America as an animated cartoon. This delightful, rhyming story went on to win an Academy Award in 1951, and was briefly made available as a book at the time of the movie's release. And now it's back!

When Gerald McCloy turns two, he doesn't start talking like most children--he says "Boing boing!" instead. His George Jetson-style father, turning gray, rushes to call Doctor Malone, who decrees there is no cure. In time, Gerald only increases in volume, shouting "Boom!" like a big keg of exploding powder. School is no help, either. He cuckoos and honks in the classroom, "And as little Gerald/ grew older, he found/ When a fellow goes BAM!/ no one wants him around."

Outcast, forlorn, he runs away from home. But just as he is about to board a slow-moving freight, the owner of the BONG-BONG-BONG radio station accosts him by the tracks. "I need a smart fellow/ to make all the sounds,/ Who can bark like a dog/ and bay like the hounds!/ You're GONG is terrific,/ your toot is inspired!/ Quick come to BONG-BONG-BONG,/ McBoing Boing--you're hired!"

This fun and funny picture book--soaked in muted Fiestaware colors--lilts and bounces and boings like a good read-aloud should. Children will discover that sometimes it's our quirks that end up making us special. (Ages 3 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Gerald, whose communication is in the form of clangs, toots, and blasts, distresses his parents and the kids at school.

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