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Starring:  Action Clam

Also Starring: Cow

Your Host: Mr. McMonkey

Before I start this review I need to acknowledge that I love Bob Shea’s work.  I love his sense of humor–both in its cleverness and its broadness of scope. So I was prepared to love this book before I read it.  I was not disappointed.  Crash, Splash or Moo is a brilliant interactive reading experience! It reminded me of one of my childhood favorites: Grover in The Monster at the End of This Book as well as Mo Willems’ Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus in its invitation on every page for the reader’s active participation in the events of the story.

The book Crash, Splash or Moo is a rollicking gameshow for young readers. Our contestants, Action Clam and Cow, perform different outlandish stunts. Under the direction of our host, Mr. McMonkey (who is, in fact, an actual monkey), the reader must deduce whether the end result of each stunt will be: (1) Crash; (2) Splash; or (3) Moo. The stunts are conceived with Shea’s trademark wackiness and involve everything from race cars to skateboards, rocket packs to a vat of butterscotch pudding.

Crash, Splash or Moo is great fun as a read-aloud at home or in a preschool-1st Grade classroom. The action and the thrill of participating in the game keep young readers engaged throughout. This is a great way to introduce the concept of cause and effect, or a way to start conversations about predicting specific consequences for specific actions. It’s also a great way to just have fun with your kids and laugh with them.


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