The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash

Written by Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Dial Books/Penguin Group, 1980
ISBN 0-8037-1723-7 trade, ISBN 0-14-0546231 paperback

“A deadpan narrative about an impossible, hilarious class trip to a farm. The illustrations capture the frenzy of the tale.” – The New York Times

“A top-notch choice that children will not want to put down.” – Booklist

“Fine, funny and full of pep.” – School Library Journal

“Noble’s hilarious story is casually told, and the illustrations, which depict disgruntled chickens, expressive pigs, and smiling cats, show Kellogg’s flair for humorous detail.” – The Horn Book

• ALA Notable Children’s Books, 1980
• Booklist Editors’ Choice, 1980
• Reading Rainbow Featured Selection
• American Book Award
• IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
• Learning: The Year’s Ten Best, 1980
• Arizona Young Reader’s Award
• Junior Library Guild Selection
• Scholastic Book Club Selection
• Translated into seven languages

Featured in reading text of Houghton-Mifflin and Mead Reading Books

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