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Gerald McBoing Boing

by Dr. Seuss

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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… ( )
  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 |
Very fun read aloud, but you have to go all out and do the sounds effects. ( )
  madamepince | Feb 26, 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 in the form of clangs, toots, and blasts, distresses his parents and the kids at school.

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