This is the amazing tale of Gerald McCloy, who "Didn't talk words - he went Boing Boing instead!" Only capable from the earliest age of making strange noises, young Gerald is the bane of his parents' lives. Finally, he runs away, little realising his "Boing Boings" will make his fortune! Nearly fifity years ago, Dr. Seuss was asked by a friend at ...
This is the amazing tale of Gerald McCloy, who "Didn't talk words - he went Boing Boing instead!" Only capable from the earliest age of making strange noises, young Gerald is the bane of his parents' lives. Finally, he runs away, little realising his "Boing Boings" will make his fortune! Nearly fifity years ago, Dr. Seuss was asked by a friend at United Productions of America to come up with an idea for an animated cartoon that was new and different - more than just the usual cats chasing mice. And that's how Gerald McBoing Boing came into being. The cartoon attracted legions of fans in America, and went on to win an Academy Award in 1951. Available only briefly in book form in the USA at the time of the movie's release, it has finally re-emerged with all its zest and zany humour in tact, ready to delight a new generation of Dr. Seuss fans.
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Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-27 Based on a 1950 Academy Award-winning motion picture by Dr. Seuss, the board book Gerald McBoing Boing Sound Book tells the story of a toddler with an unusual way of communicating: "When he started talking,/ you know what he said?/ He didn't talk words-/ he went boing boing instead!" A sound chip in the back of the book makes the titular sound, and is accessible from all spreads through a die-cut hole in the sturdy pages. Retro artwork adapted by Mel Crawford adds a funny, nostalgic appeal to this book previously published in a longer picture book form. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-02-21 This nostalgic adaptation of a 1950 Academy Award-winning animated cartoon features Dr. Seuss's inimitable rhymes, plus images from Crawford's original animation stills, which he based on Seuss's drawings. Gerald McCloy, a saucer-eyed boy with a rooster's comb of hair, doesn't talk like a normal kid. Instead, he makes noises, "louder and louder/ Till one day he went BOOM!/ like a big keg of powder!" Gerald's onomatopoeic talents shock his parents (shown as a classic '50s shirt-and-tie father and bouffant-haired mother in an apron and heels); further, he earns the unkind playground nickname "Gerald McBoing Boing." Dr. Seuss states the issue succinctly: "When a fellow goes SKREEK!/ he won't have any friends./ For once he says, `Clang clang clang!'/ all the fun ends." Gerald prepares to hop a train out of town, but he's stopped by a radio mogul in search of a sound-effects specialist. As in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, eccentricity pays off, big time: "Now Gerald is rich,/ he has friends, he's well fed,/ 'Cause he doesn't speak words,/ he goes boing boing instead!" If the conclusion is a tad materialistic, Gerald does appear happy on the soundstage, dressed as a cowboy for a radio serial. Fans of retro graphics will thrill to the vintage illustrations, in shades of olive green, mustardy ochre and spicy red; the snazzy contrasting typefaces used for the sound effects make it easy for Gerald's admirers to honk and clang energetically along. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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