BOING has been adored by all my children over the last four years. After what amounts to close to a thousand reads by me and by them combined, it will soon be placed into the baby box with great wistfulness. There is not a lot of text but what there is, is quite funny. Bruel’s brightly colored illustrations really provide great entertainment. The kids enjoy pointing out each of the items from the joey’s pocket, as I list them. Toddlers delight in pointing out the butterfly on every page. They all really laugh at the expressions on the various animals’ faces: the joey scratching her head and sticking out her tongue as she concentrates, the animals covering their faces or closing an eye as the joey falls, the wry smile on the cuddly koala's face as he slowly climbs down the tree.
When I read BOING, the kids are all sitting on my lap and on the arm of the chair. At the end, everyone including me quite frequently, the old mama, starts leaping around, shouting “Boing, Boing, Boing.” You see, on the last page, the animals provide an irresistible invitation to the readers to leap around. A word of caution to parents: No matter how badly your children beg you to read this book, and they will, DO NOT READ BOING AT BEDTIME!!!