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4.0 out of 5 starsAbsurdity That Toddlers Love to Find in a Book ...
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 19, 2018
Written and illustrated by Bob Shea, “Crash, Splash, or Moo!” is excellent read-aloud story that your toddler will enjoy since they are invited to participate in the story. The flamboyant Mr. McMonkey invites your shild to guess the results of “amazing stunts” performed by “fearless daredevils” – Action Clam and cow. Each ”Stunt” involves an amusing activity and Mr. McMonkey’s invitation to the child to guess the result. A correct guess wins the guesser a banana. Mr. McMonkey has no compunction in asking the “winner” to share the prizes. Illustrations by Bob Shea are vivid, colorful, and simply done. The drawings have little visual depth; they are somewhat childish and cartoon-like. Nevertheless, this is a book targeted toward younger children. They seem to see the illustrations as being similar to what they are able to do. Thus, they may find the artwork very non-threatening and quite appealing. The story of “Crash, Splash, or Moo!” is not complex and, for older children and adults, may be somewhat silly. Adults, however, may appreciate the asides the Mr. McMonkey cannot help but utter during the narrative. Toddlers, however, seem to find the wacky Mr. McMonkey and his guessing game quite engaging; they delight in having the book read repeatedly. This is an absurd book and one holding great appeal for little ones.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 5, 2018
This is a fun silly book that is good for a few reads. My toddlers loved to guess what happens when we first read it and it was fun guessing for them. They liked the part where the cow does something and you have to guess what the cow does. I thought it would splash, but it just mooed. We read it a few times, but they got tired of it. It is a fun book for a few reads and then to go back to, but nothing too exciting that they will want to read daily.
It plays like a game and you guess what each character will do in each sequence. Once they know all the answers it gets redundant and boring. For initial fun factor this book is great.
4.0 out of 5 starsA game show disguised as a children's book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 7, 2018
As you might expect, this is a wacky, silly, totally outrageous book. It's mock game show format is sure to coax giggles from the sulkiest of children and possibly even adults. Anyone who loves cows, monkeys, bananas and messes is bound to be a fan. This books stars Mr. Monkey, our game show host narrating the contest between Action Clam and a cow. Readers are asked to guess the outcome of each contest. Will it be crash, splash or moo? The colors are bright, the art has lots of movement and there are sound effects splashed across the pages. While it may not be ideal as a soothing bedtime story, Crash, Splash or Moo! is perfect for giggly, wiggly kids who have a hard time sitting still for books. It may even be especially good for children who don't believe that books can be fun.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 29, 2018
Crash, Splash, or Moo! is a picture book that tries to capture the spirit of a tv game show for kids. And it's quite fun. The host, Mr. McMonkey, sets the stage as its two participants, Action Clam and a cow perform various stunts. It's the readers job to guess whether each stunt will end in a crash, splash, or a moo! For each guess you get right you get a banana, leading up to the secret prize.
This is a book better suited to the classroom because before each stunt the text says to raise your hand as you go through the three possible outcomes. So it would be cool to read on a day in your class when you have a little extra time or want to work on making predictions.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 28, 2018
To be perfectly honest, I did not love this book. I thought it was anti-climactic and wasn't the "game" that was advertised. So I put it down and didn't think much of it. Then my 12-year-old mentioned it out of the blue and asked me what I was going to do with that game show book. When I asked what she thought, she said it was really funny. I was surprised. Then I asked my 7-year-old to read it. He thought it was hilarious.
In fact, my son's teacher occasionally allows kids to read to the class as a reward for good behavior. My son has already made a plan to read this book to his class, and he's been practicing at home. While the book may have seemed corny to me, it is great reading practice for him. He is practicing his "reading voice" and reading the proper inflection to match end punctuation marks. He thinks this book is hilarious. I asked him about the game aspect (i.e. it's not really a game even though you're supposed to say what you think will happen). He just doesn't think that matters to how fun the book is.
And since my kids are the real audience for the book, that's why I've given it five stars. And, btw, if you remove the book jacket, you'll see an embossed gold banana on the front of the hardcover. It's the "ultimate prize" in the book/game, and my kids thought it was awesome.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 15, 2018
This is a fun book to have with the kids and others around. The only catch is that it sort of has a short shelf-life. The first time was great, the second time was good. But then after that, it sort of lost its appeal with the little ones. It's definitely fun, it just doesn't seem like it has a lot of staying power after a while.
4.0 out of 5 starsQuick, easy read that kids seem to find hilarious
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 5, 2018
This book is so silly. A monkey MCs activities that super hero Action Clam and a cow do - the reader gets to guess if there will be a crash, a splash, or a moo. Winners get a golden banana. The little one finds it super hysterical, but of course, knew the outcome after the first read. It didn't keep him from reading it again and again, though, and giggling every time. "Why would the monkey guess that? He's trying to make us guess wrong!" So kids will enjoy this more than adults. Quick, easy read.