Gerald McBoing Boing

Gerald McBoing Boing

Based on the Academy Award-winning Motion Picture

Book - 2000
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Gerald, whose communication in the form of clangs, toots, and blasts, distresses his parents and the kids at school.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2000, c1952
ISBN: 9780679891406
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm


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Apr 01, 2015

Gerald McCloy doesn't speak regular words. Instead he mimics sounds he hears. His exasperated father sends him to school to learn how to speak. But the teacher sends him home calling him hopeless. Gerald soon learns that the other children do not want to play with him because of his sounds. His parents are frustrated and angry with him. So Gerald runs away. But then he is found by the owner of a radio station who wants Gerald to come and use his sounds on the radio. Gerald becomes famous, his parents are proud and everyone loves him.

The vintage illustrations are very colorful, clear and nicely detailed.

I have very mixed feelings about this story. On one hand, it is very typical of the stories I grew up with in the 70s where everything wasn't all peaches and roses. There was no Barney telling you how much you were loved. It was more a case of, "This is how it is kid. Get used to it." I do not like the rejection of the parents who then do a 180 when Gerald becomes famous. I do not like the teacher calling Gerald hopeless. Nowhere do the people who matter most tell Gerald that it is okay to be different. But again, those were the times. On the other hand, this is an extremely creative story especially for the time period and I remember watching the cartoon version of it.

So parents, this is one of those stories you will have to decide for yourself whether it is something you want to read to your child to show them how differences are okay or whether you would rather give it a pass. It could go either way depending on your child's age and personality. I would not recommend it for the youngest children who would not understand the mature concepts.

Nov 13, 2007

One of Dr. Seuss's lesser known bits of genius with an uplifting message for children about creativity and individuality. Since most of them are relentlessly exposed to repressive authority figures, I'd recommend reading it as an antidote to your kid as early and often as possible.


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Apr 01, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

Jul 01, 2014

red_rabbit_254 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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