The Terrible Plop
written by Ursula Dubosarsky
Penguin Random House Australia 2009
Here is the story
Of the Terrible PLOP,
With a bear and a rabbit
And a hop hop hop.
But what is the PLOP?
And where does it hide?
Open the book
And look inside . . .
A little rabbit learns that some things in life aren't as scary as they seem. Based on a Tibetan myth, a sound in the forest sets all the animals running for their lives from the Terrible Plop.
Winner COOL Children's Choice Award 2012
Winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2010
Joint winner Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award 2010 for best new illustrator
Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Early Childhood) 2010
Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Children's fiction) 2010
From the cover, which distills the drama within, to the final happy release, this lovely book will be a big success with small children.
Sydney Morning Herald
Make room on the preschool storytime shelf.
The Horn Book
This talented Australian duo builds the suspense to just the right pitch.
Publishers' Weekly US
Joyner, whose illustrations are reminiscent of '50s-style American animation, turns the story from playful to downright hilarious. Delectable pictures of cake are collaged into large swaths of color; mixed-media use of fur lends texture to the artwork, all held together by crisp, fluid line work.
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
There's an irresistible bounce to this delightfully ridiculous story . . . deliciously spine tingling.
The Guardian UK
A terrific story . . . rhymes worthy of Dr Seuss
Los Angeles Times
A fantastic read with its rhythmic, toe-tapping, Dr Seuss-inspired words and bright cartoon illustrations.
Australian Book Review Best Books of the Year.