Flim Flam & Other Such Gobbledygook.
Flim Flam & Other Such Gobbledygook
Melica Hudgens, author
Jay Fontano, illustrator
c/o Cedar Fort, Inc.
2373 W. 700 S., Springville, UT 84663
9781462116843, $14.99, www.cedarfort.com
Written in rollicking rhyme, "Flim Flam & Other Such Gobbledygook" is a fun-filled tale of a barnyard celebration that sought to help many guests overcome their old habits and past grudges. It is Edwin Rooster who gives his barnyard friends a loud "Doodle Doo!" wake up call, encouraging all barnyard party guests to rise above their petty intolerances and other such gobbledygook and decide to respect each other's differences and enjoy the company. Comical, expressive color illustrations portray exact barnyard animal reactions to the planned party, underlining the core message of celebration of diversity. The summary is appealing, funny, and memorable: "So if you hear flim flam or gobbledygook, get rid of it quickly by hook or by crook! Don't let it botch friendships or ruin your day. Shoo it out! Hurry! It must go away. And if you see someone who acts like a mule, remember the animals and their new rule: instead of unkindness, choose niceness and see exactly how joyful the barnyard can be!" "Flim Flam & Other Such Gobbledybook" closes with a flim flam glossary to give helpful explanations of the many wonderful nonsense words used in the text to convey the value of acceptance of others. Children will love the excitement and backcountry humor of this fun new book.