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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash (original 1980; edition 1992)

by Trinka Hakes Noble, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

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Title:The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Authors:Trinka Hakes Noble
Other authors:Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (1992), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble (1980)



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The way this book was written was very interesting to me and captured my attention throughout it. I liked reading this book for a few reasons. One reason was the actual way that it was written. The entire story was written in dialogue between a girl and her mother, making the story more interesting, having been told from a child’s point of view. “’Because of the boa constrictor.’ ‘THE BOA CONSTRICTOR!’ ‘Yeah, Jimmy’s pet boa constrictor,’” (p. 11) There were distinct differences between the mother’s voice and the daughter’s voice in the story making it easier for the reader to follow along.
Another reason that I enjoyed this book was because of the plot. I would have never thought to write a story about a student bringing his pet boa constrictor to a farm and then having another student tell the story from her point of view. It was genius! The story was so outlandish that it would capture the attention of audience from many different generations. Finally, I enjoyed this book because of the collaboration between the written story and the illustrations. Without the illustrations, there would be so many missing pieces to the story. For example, on page 21, the daughter says, “We never found out, because Mrs. Stanley made us get on the bus, and we sort of left in a hurry without the boa constrictor.” Up until this point, the audience does not know where the title for this book came from, but if you look at this page, even though it does not mention anything about the snake eating the wash, that is what the illustration depicts.
From this story, the central message that I got was that we can not take ourselves to serious and to just “go with the flow”. The children were having so much fun because of this one pet snake getting loose that things went completely off schedule. Although that would stress a lot of us out, they just went with the situation and made the most of it. That is something that all of us need to learn to do! ( )
  CourtneyClutts | Mar 31, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 22, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 5, 2017 |
Trinka Hakes Noble tells a fantastic story about a field trip to the farm that goes awry when Jimmy introduces his boa to the farm animals. The narrator is very deadpan and matter of fact as she relates the story, but Steven Kellogg's artwork allows us to see the chaos that she never mentions. There's always something going on in the background and you've never seen more expressive animal faces. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
This book is a creative take on the way a child's imagination embellishes simple life happenings. It is fun to walk through the book with children and point out the details of the elaborate drawings. Key parts of the story are found only in the pictures and cannot be inferred by reading only the words of the text. i appreciated the way that while the little girl was telling the story, the illustrations showed her dressing in an astronaut outfit and getting ready for her next imaginative adventure.
  erindunton | Oct 11, 2016 |
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Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.

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