One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

A delightful, offbeat tale about a greedy, hungry snake and a little boy who outwits him.

Author: Daniel Bernstrom

Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel

Length: 40 pages, 3-50 words per page

Ages: 2-8

Word Choice: Ingenious repetition, rhythm and rhyme characterize the creative text.  We loved all the goofy verbs, sounds and descriptions that made the story lively and humorous.  Due to some of the inventive and quirky words, I wouldn’t recommend this for a beginner reader unless they already have very strong phonics skills.

Illustrations: Unique mixed-media, collage-style illustrations create a whimsical and imaginative feel to this energetic story.  We loved the facial expressions and particularly how comical the snake looks after he swallows the bear and the bee hive.

Read-aloud-ability: This story is almost musical – it could be read like a rap – which makes it a fun, near tongue twister at times!  The writing style makes it an entertaining choice for reading to a group, such as a story-time or classroom.  It is a longer read-aloud, so although we have read it numerous times, it can get tiresome due to it’s length.

Additional thoughts: This book was recommended to me, it is one of my 3 year old niece’s favorite.  To be honest, when I first heard the storyline — a snake eating a boy and a bunch of animals, I was a bit skeptical.  The outlandish pictures and story won me over. My 3 year old thought it was funny and my 20 month old asked for it repeatedly referring to the book as ‘wiggle-wiggle’.

Kids’ Vote: 4 Stars

Parents’ Vote: 4 Stars

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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