Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Murmel, Murmel, Murmel Board Book by Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

What in the world is Robin going to do with the baby she finds in her sandbox?
"Murmel, murmel, murmel," is all Robin hears coming from a hole in her sandbox. When she reaches down and out pops a baby, she finds herself in a real fix: who will take care of it? Robin's too little! Off she goes, searching her neighborhood for someone who needs a baby. The woman with seventeen cats doesn't want the baby. Nor does the grumpy man by the bus stop. It looks as though all hope is lost, until a friendly truck driver passes by. He offers to trade his truck for the baby -- an exchange Robin can't refuse.
Young children everywhere will delight in discovering this Robert Munsch classic, his eighth in board book format, with simplified text and some new illustrations.
About the Contributors
Robert Munsch has written more than 50 books for children, including The Paper Bag Princess and Stephanie's Ponytail. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Michael Martchenko is best known as the illustrator of such classic children's books as Robert Munsch's Mortimer and Angela's Airplane. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

While I thought the title was strange, I found the blurb interesting enough.

In Murmel, Murmel, Murmel Board Book, Robin finds a baby in her sandbox. She knows she can't take care of it, though, so she tries her best to find someone who can.

The plot of the book is pretty much what is in the NetGalley summary above. However, just because the plot is no longer a surprise doesn't mean that this book is any less enjoyable.

The dialogue and the premise seems a little outlandish, and obviously the ending is unrealistic, but what's great about the book is the fact that things and situations are exaggerated but this is what makes it funny and endearing.

The illustrations aren't really my style, but it did begin to sort of grow on me so when I looked back at it for a second time, I didn't dislike it anymore. Of course, my baby seemed to like the book enough, because it was colorful and it was short so his attention didn't have time to drift away.

Thanks to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. for the e-ARC.


  1. The story is entertaining.
  2. It's a good book to read aloud to your child.
  3. The baby is cute. 


  1. The illustration style may not work for everyone. 


  1. You are looking for a book to read to your child.
  2. Your child likes colorful books.
  3. Your child's attention tends to drift if a book is too long. 



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