Sunday, June 3, 2012

MURMEL MURMEL MURMEL Written by Robert Munsch

MURMEL MURMEL MURMEL Written by Robert Munsch & Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Publisher: Annick Press Ltd.
Pages: 32
Ages: 2 and up

This is another one of those books that I do not remember where it came from. I do know that it has been here for a long time. I wonder if my daughters remember?

This story begins when Robin goes out to her backyard and finds a huge hole in her sandbox. She yells down the hole, " ANYBODY DOWN THERE?" Something calls back to her, "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel." She pulls out an adorable baby.

Robin quickly decides to find someone to take care of the baby because she is only five years old.

Off Robin goes on her quest to find someone to take care of this  little baby. Unfortunately she has trouble as she comes across one unlikely candidate after the other. She meets a women who is being chased by seventeen diaper sales men, an old woman with seventeen cats, a business woman surrounded by seventeen secretaries, nine messengers and a pizza delivery man.

Exasperated Robin sits down on the curb. She doesn't know what to do. She can't find the right person to take care of the baby. 

Then a truck driver walks up to Robin and looks at the baby. She asks him if needs a baby. The baby says, "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel." The truck driver decides he does need the baby and he walks off down the street with the baby in his arms.

Robin yells out to the truck driver - you forgot your truck. He replies that he already has seventeen trucks. "What I need is a baby . . . "

My granddaughters think the baby is so cute. They think the different characters in the story are silly and they are glad Robin finds a home for the baby. They also think Robin looks silly driving the great big truck.

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