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The Thingamabob Paperback – 30 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowside Children's Books (30 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845393619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845393618
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 0.3 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Il Sung Na was born in Seoul in 1979, but studied Art in London.
He took the foundation year at Chelsea College of Art before going on to
Kingston University to take a BA in Illustration and Animation.
He is a full time author and illustrator.
His illustration work is mixed media.
Il sung loves collecting things like old cameras, clocks and other rubbishes.
He currntly live in Korea and is working on several new picture books!

Please Visit my website, you can find more about me.

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This is a superb story.
My son loves it. The pictures are wonderful and although the words are brief, when they are spoken in conjunction with the beautiful pictures, they really engage the child.
Even after you've read it once, and so know what a thingamabob is, it can be reread again and again. And, if your child loves animals, there's also a number of different animals for them to point at and name.
While every house has a few books that handle just one or two reading and you mentally hope your child doesn't pick them, this isn't one. I'll happily reread this one again and again.
Highly recommended!
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What an adorable pachyderm! 22 April 2010
By J.Prather - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is another superb effort from Il Sung Na. I loved The Book of Sleep and like that book, this one is beautiful in its simplicity. This book opens with a curious elephant and an umbrella. Our cute elephant has no clue what it is; he asks his friends and they don't know, so throughout the book he tries to use this mystery object for a variety of things. "Can he hide behind it?" "Maybe not."

There's no better way to say it other than this book is just adorable. The illustrations perfectly complement the story and there is just the right amount of humour to keep the kids interested. It's a very short story and when I read it for a group of kids, they were fully hooked and were eager to find out what elephant would try to do next. I think they were all relieved when he finally stumbled on the right answer and thought it was incredibly funny that none of the animals knew what an umbrella was. A solid choice for preschool storytime.
This is one of those cutie pie, adorable books your preschooler will giggle at! 9 April 2010
By D. Fowler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One day when Elephant was walking along he found the thingamabob. He had no idea what it was, but it was very interesting looking. He lay on the ground, closed one eye and looked very closely at this red thing with the handle. Yep, it was a thingamabob, but he had no idea what it was for. He looked at it this way. He looked at it that way. He held it in his trunk and held it high and even stuck his head in the thingamabob. One time it POP surprised him when it popped open when he held it by the handle.

He asked all his pals from Monkey to Rabbit, but no one seemed to know. He held the red thingmabob over his head and if Ostrich knew he wasn't saying because he had his head stuck in the ground. Elephant was wondering if he could fly with the thingamabob, but PLOP . . . guess not. He tried sailing. Nope. He tried to hide behind it, but he was so big. "Maybe not." He was just about ready to cry when it started to rain and he figured out what that thingamabob was!

This is one of those cutie pie, adorable books your preschooler will giggle at. Of course the thingamabob is a big red umbrella, something even little ones know what is for. They will laugh because they will know something that big white elephant and all his friends don't know. The charming little twist at the end of the story is delightful. The end pages of this book are filled with many beautiful thingamabobs to enjoy. This would be a fun book to read to a passel of little ones during circle or story time!
A very simple and short story about exploring uses for objects 20 Dec. 2014
By Sunshine on A Rainy Day - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An elephant comes across and umbrella but doesn't know what it is. He tries it out for several uses such as flying, sailing and hiding behind. But this doesn't work out so well. Suddenly it rains. The elephant has the umbrella open. Suddenly he sees a great use for the umbrella.

Il Sung Na once again uses a unique textured painting style for illustration. Although it is interesting, in this book it is not as rich and colorful or complex as you find in his book, A Book of Babies.

The is very simple and short story about object exploration. This would be a good book to use along with an exploration activity with the little ones. Give them an unknown object and ask them to think about what it could be used for. The book is advertized for ages 3-7 which is the right audience for this simple book.
Cute book 6 Jan. 2014
By Kimberly Kirklin - Published on
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This book has a lot of very colorful and bright pictures with just the right amount of words on each page for me to read to my 2 year old without her getting bored and wanting to go to the next page. Would definitely purchase again!
Wonderfully illustrated!! 5 Oct. 2013
By EJ - Published on
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I enjoy reading this to my daughter...she loves the illustrations and I love watching her react to them! This is a great book for children of any age!
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