April 25, 2016

The Challenge Continues . . . Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge 2005

And the reading challenge continues!  As stated in a previous post, my librarian friend Ashley Lambacher of the Book Talker and I are hosting the Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge.  Our goal is to read all the past winners from the children’s book category in chronological order from 1982 to the present.  I will read the K-2 picture book winners and Ashley will read the 4-8/3-5 chapter book winners.  Because 2004 was skipped, today I continue my challenge by reading the winner of the K-2 Buckeye Book Award in 2005, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming.

After years of dreaming of planting a garden, Mr. McGreely finally makes his dream come true. However late one night, three hungry bunnies appear: "Tippy-tippy-tippy, Pat! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!"  The next morning finds our farmer furious over the gnawed sprouts.  So he builds a small wire fence.  That night... "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!"  So Mr. McGreely builds a tall wooden wall, then a moat and an enormous cinderblock tower with searchlights.  Each night his garden is eaten by the greedy bunnies.  In the "gotcha" finale the rabbits seem defeated.  but they burst into view one last time with a vigorous repetition of “Munch! Munch! Munch!”  Kids love Candace Flemings repetition and Brian Karas's lively illustrations.  My daughter is a fan of this book and the other Tippy books.  Still popular today, a well-deserving winner of the 2005 Buckeye Book Award.

Ashley, your upcoming 2005 book is Judy Blume’s Super Fudge.  It was a personal favorite of mine when I was a little girl.  What about you?

Would you like to join Ashley and I as we read through Ohio’s award winning books?  We welcome any and all who are interested in participating in this fun reading challenge.  For more information, click here.

1 comment:

  1. I actually haven't read this book before, although I know of other books by Fleming. Oddly enough, a teacher asked for this book just the other day! I plan on reading it when it gets returned. The title alone grabs you! Repetition is such a hook for young readers, so I can understand why this book won. Plus, who doesn't like a good "gotcha" moment?

    Oh, Super Fudge will always be a favorite of mine as well! I can't wait to review it!