You are about to learn about a hilarious book full of pure unadulterated fun.
Fun that you can have with ... words!
But before I tell you about it, I have something to admit.
For the past ten days, I faced a super duper problem.
Someone recommended this fabulous book to me almost a year ago, yet I seemed to have suffered from a brain drain.
I could not remember who told me about Double Trouble in Walla Walla.
My little grey cells were going cuckoo.
What a problem!
There was no way this review could be written without thanking the person who brought the book to my attention.
But who was the person who told me about this little gem?
Before we find out, let us go back to February 2011 when I first learned about this bubble gummy picture book.
Immediately after I received that book tip - Double Trouble in Walla Walla went straight on my "to buy" list.
I loved what I saw from the book preview online - what a colorful picture book! What an unforgetable title!
But even more exciting was the text.
A fabulous tongue-in-cheek game with rhyming "silly" words that are used in day-to-day conversation.
Fun with words - is there anything better to bring out the smiles?
Week after week it stared at me from that list.
The more I looked at it, the more my defenses crumbled.
Just take a peek at this little gem with cartoony-like characters.
It is a big gem - as the book is 13.4 x 9.2 inches. A smashing size for reading aloud!
Then I ordered. I was so excited! My kids would be all hippity-hoppity when they saw it!
But I was feeling like a nit-wit, I couldn't remember who originally recommended it.
Searching through the Read Aloud Dad blog comments didn't reveal the name, as I had changed my blog commenting system less tha a year ago.
And then bing-bang-boom!
I discovered who was my mysterious palsy walsy!
A City So Nice, They Named it ....
Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.
Walla Walla is a town in Washington state that is famous not only for its name, but also for its slogan.
The City So Nice, They Named it Twice
What a corny city slogan! (sorry citizens of Walla Walla, I don't really mean it - in fact I like it!)
It reportedly made the cut for the list of worst city slogans (although it pales in comparison with the other contenders):
Gas, KS: “Don't pass gas, stop and enjoy It.”
Weed, CA: “Weed like to welcome you.”
La Crosse, KS: “Barbed Wire Capital of the World”
Hooker, OK: “It's a location, not a vocation.”
But, let's forget slogans.
Walla Walla is also the perfect setting for this story.
Don't worry, it's not a weird story.
No, there is nothing voodoo-like taking place in Walla Walla.
In fact, quite the opposite.
It was a completely ordinary morning in Walla Walla - until a little girl named Lulu raised her hand in class.
Lulu - a fiery red-headed girl who creates havoc from seemingly nowhere.
Lulu informs her teacher Mrs. Bell that she feels like a nit-wit as her homework is all higgledy-piggledy.
"Last night it was in tip-top shape, but now it's a big mish-mash.
Mrs. Bell said, "Nit-wit? Higgledy-piggledy? Mish-mash? Lulu, stop that flip-flop chitter-chatter or you'll be in double trouble!"
From there on, Mrs. Bell takes Lulu to the Principal, but Lulu somehow gets the tongues of the principal and her teacher all topsy-turvy too!
After pitter-pattering to the school nurse's office, all four of them discover they are in a true hodge-podge and they start yak-yaking like Lulu.
In a bid to discover how the entire mess started, the adults ask Lulu how did all the mumbo jumbo start as they know that something like this could not start willy nilly.
Lulu thinks extra hard what hapenned a day earlier, but the only thing she remembers was that it was a rather humdrum day.
After Lulu's teacher, principal and nurse conclude that Lulu opened a knock'em sock'em wibble wobble word warp they all agree to say all the rootin' tootin' wooly-bully words they can think off!
My kids were shocked with what followed ... and I was too!
It is simply too big for words.
The first four or five times I read the book aloud, I was unable to read it all through!
But I will not tell you why!
What is certain is that you will be reading in circles and circles until your head is spinning - literally!
Read Aloud Like an Eager Beaver
My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
Holy Moly, suddenly I remembered.
A copy of all the comments on my blog were still in my email Inbox.
I just needed to search my entire correspondence for "Double Trouble" and I could find who recommended this excellent book
It was Kimberly!
She left a comment after my post about The Seven Silly Eaters (a yummy-yummy read aloud) in February 2011.
Here is Kimberly's message from 11 months ago:
This [The Seven Silly Eaters] is such a great book! I'm glad to see you giving it some additional exposure.
On an unrelated note, are you familiar with the book "Double Trouble in Walla Walla"?
We got it from the library and all had so much fun with it that I've purchased our own copy. You and your kids might enjoy it too.
You have given me a veritable gold mine of fun words to share with my kids!
Read Aloud Dad was a lucky ducky.
There is no other book like this one, I can assure you.
If you have an enormous collection of children's books and you are a read aloud parent, I am certain that you don't have something like this tongue-twisting book in your collection.
Try to read it aloud from cover to cover ... and you will find out what I mean.
Side-splitting fun (.... tee-hee-hee!)
Double Trouble in Walla Walla is available from bookstores in the US, Canada and UK:
- Author: Andrew Clements
- Illustrator: Salvatore Murdocca
- Pages: 32 pages
- Publisher: Lerner Books
- ISBN-13: 9780761302759
- Source: Purchased by Read Aloud Dad
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