Crash, Splash, or Moo!

by Bob Shea (Author)

Crash, Splash, or Moo!
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Calling all daredevils! It's time to play CRASH, SPLASH, OR MOO! in this boisterous picture book with all the excitement of a game show.

Mr. McMonkey is your host, and your contestants are America's favorite stunt clam, Action Clam...and a cow! These unlikely daredevils face off in a zany sequence of challenges--and readers get to guess the outcome of all the wacky stunts. The winner gets a Golden Banana! Readers will be laughing, cheering, and giving themselves a round of applause as they play the game over and over again.

Bob Shea, creator of many favorite funny books, including Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great and the Ballet Cat series, provides endless storytime fun with high-energy audience participation.

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Kirkus Reviews

The spirit of Evel Knievel is alive and well in this retro game show, restructured for the storytime set. ...Kids will eat up the humor. ...All the interaction of an Hervé Tullet book, with a flying clam, a hyperactive monkey, and a cow all thrown in for good measure.

Publishers Weekly

In his characteristic cartoon-style illustrations, Shea (the Ballet Cat series) creates an energetic game show in which readers become players. Choosing from one of the three words in the title, they must guess what will happen when a foolhardy "Action Clam" and a phlegmatic cow perform daredevil stunts. One frenzied Mr. McMonkey hosts (Shea wisely asks audience members to "raise their hands" rather than shout out their guesses), awarding bananas for each right answer. A big part of the joke is that the game involves almost no suspense: Action Clam takes on anything that ends in "crash" or "splash," while the cow, set up to perform amazing feats, stays put and says "moo." But with the help of a jet pack, the two performers join forces for a final stunt that achieves a sort of literary hat trick. As characters, typography, and jokes bounce around the pages--bright, silly, and loud--this one proves itself banana-worthy. Ages 4-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Set up like a game show, Shea's latest humorous picture book asks participants to raise their hands and vote (CRASH!, SPLASH!, or MOO! are the options) for the outcome of stunts done by an Action Clam and Cow. Narration is done by an energetic host named Mr. McMonkey, and the prizes include bananas and a top secret end-of-the-book prize. The digital illustrations are as silly, unpredictable, and action-packed as the story line. It is impossible not to have fun while reading or listening to this zany story. VERDICT The elements of interactivity make this a great storytime read-aloud. This story is also full of classroom extension possibilities, including activities involving new stunts and outcomes. Kids will line up for a chance to play.--Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, Alta.

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Bob Shea

Bob Shea has written and illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, and is the author of Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. His writing career began at Comedy Central, and his characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr., Playhouse Disney, and PBS Kids.

Lane Smith is a four-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award and a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient, most recently for Grandpa Green. He is the author and illustrator of Abe Lincoln's Dream and It's a Book, which ahs been translated into over twenty languages, among many other books.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 18, 2018
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002020 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Apes, Monkeys, etc.
JUV002310 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cows
JUV002170 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Marine Life
JUV032040 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Games - General
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Guessing games
International Literacy Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choices List

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