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OVERBOARD! by Sarah Weeks


by Sarah Weeks & illustrated by Sam Williams

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-15-205046-9
Publisher: Harcourt

A toddler bunny’s favorite game is to fling things “Overboard!” Food off his highchair and stroller, items out of his crib, things up on the table, books off the shelf. Nothing is safe, including bunny himself when he almost takes a tumble off the stairs. Luckily, Mommy is nearby to catch him and tuck him into bed. Rollicking rhymes, onomatopoeia and youngsters’ sure delight in the not-so-naughty acts of the toddler make this a great read-aloud. “Squeaky, leaky rubber ducky. / Lucky ducky time to fly. / Rubber ducky . . . overboard! / Rubber ducky, bye, bye, bye.” Williams’s illustrations are adorable—bunny’s parents would have a hard time staying angry with someone so cute. Youngsters will enjoy the antics of bunny’s mouse sidekick, who is small enough to ride some of the tossed items . . . or at least feast on the edible bits. Bright colors, large illustrations and sweet facial expressions make this a must-share. But beware: Every toddler’s true favorite game is mimic. This one might best be enjoyed by the older siblings who pick up after a toddler, or by those who have narrowly escaped toddler-hood. Delightful—for those beyond this baby stage. (Picture book. 2-6)