The Terrible Plop: A Picture Book (Hardcover)

A Picture Book

By Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), 9780374374280, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2009



In this uproarious update of a favorite story, an unexplained noise leads to pandemonium among the animals. The fox, the elephant, even the big brown bear prove no match for the Terrible Plop. Only the littlest bunny learns not to panic when the sky or something else up there is falling.

Bright, energetic illustrations and a lively rhyming text combine to make this a perfect read-aloud story for little ones needing assurance that plops in the day or bumps in the night aren't as scary as they might seem.

About the Author

URSULA DUBOSARSKY is the author of another picture book, Rex, and the middle grade novel The Red Shoe. She lives in Sydney, Australia. ANDREW JOYNER lives and works at his home in Strathalbyn, Australia. The Terrible Plop is his first picture book.

Praise For The Terrible Plop: A Picture Book

“Little kids really get a bang out of chaos and hysteria that can, eventually, be tamed; it's one of the ways they teach themselves to calm down and take control of their behavior. THE TERRIBLE PLOP is a wonderful addition to the genre.” —Newsday

“Basic, fun rhymes and repetitive, excitable text lend themselves to reading aloud, and the recurring appearance of the word PLOP provides an explosive entree for children to chime in while soaking up Joyner’s bouyant mixed-media artwork.” —Booklist

“Based on a cumulative folktale, this lively story reassures readers that things are not always as scary as they may seem—and is guaranteed to see many multiple readings.”—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“This talented Australian duo builds the suspense to just the right pitch.” —Publishers Weekly


“Make room on the preschool storytime shelf.” —The Horn Book