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Hiccup snickup
Long, Melinda.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Acting on the advice of various family members, a child tries different ways to get rid of the hiccups.
Reading Level:
290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 49744.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 1 Quiz: 33837 Guided reading level: L.
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How do you cure the hiccups? Do you drink water from the wrong side of the glass? Do you hold your breath while eating an apple, or do you put a paper bag over your head and stand upside down? What if nothing you do seems to work and the hiccups have gotten completely out of control? Hiccup Snickup is the story of one little girl's quest to cure the hiccups. The whole family offers advice, with hilarious results. But it is only when Grandma explains an old family hiccup antidote, and the entire family works together, that those pesky hiccups finally go away -- or do they? Madcap illustrations by Thor Wickstrom perfectly complement this rollicking tale, making it just right for reading aloud.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. What's worse than spinach, your brother's tuba, and a kiss from your great-aunt Hattie? The hiccups, says the narrator of this lively story, who asks everyone in her family to help cure her case. Grandma has a special rhyme, and each subsequent family member adds a new suggestion: eat an apple with a paper bag over your head; drink water from the wrong side of the glass; and so on until the whole family sings Grandma's chant together, dancing wildly around the house. The ending is a little weak--just when the girl's hiccups disappear, the entire family gets them. But the text's cumulative list of remedies and its refraining rhyme have a kinetic rhythm and a sheer silliness that's wonderfully echoed in the chaotic oil paintings of the kooky, gangly limbed family. A good choice for a high-energy story hour or as a giggly lap read. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this giddy, cumulative tale, a hiccuping girl turns to each member of her family for a cure. Her brother shouts, "Boo!," and her sister recommends drinking water "from the wrong side of a cup." Nothing works. "So there I was, scared to death, in a wet shirt, wearing a paper bag...," says the disappointed narrator, interrupted by a sudden "Hic!" Such a silly condition calls for an equally outlandish antidote, a tongue-twister provided by the girl's grandmother: "Hiccup snickup/ Rear right straight up./ Three drops in the teacup/ Will cure the hiccups." Grandma, an unconventional sort in a backward baseball cap, mimes the nonsense words (sticking her "rear right straight up" in a hilarious way), and then the whole family performs the rhyme, three times fast. Long (When Papa Snores) keeps the first-person narration short and snappy, and voice-bubble dialogue maintains the boisterous pace. Wickstrom (The Big Night Out) gives the gangly, noodle-armed characters lots of goofy personality: the girl's mother sports a spiky New Wave hairdo, the sister prefers flower-child braids and the brothers dress as a pirate and a doctor. By the end of the book the afflicted girl has recovered, but everyone else is gasping, "Hic!" This ridiculous remedy is a must for the medicine cabinet. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A girl with a stubborn case of hiccups takes Grandma's advice: say, "Hiccup snickup/Rear right straight up/Three drops in the teacup/Will cure the hiccups." It doesn't work at first, though, so the child asks her mother (try a paper bag over your head while eating an apple), sister (try drinking water out of the wrong side of a cup), her brothers, and Dad. The remedies are layered on in a manner reminiscent of a cumulative folk tale, which will tickle young listeners' sense of the ridiculous. Grandma's rhyme will also lend itself to storytime use with suitably silly participation. Meanwhile, Wickstrom's paintings add flair and comedy to the overall effect. Grandma herself is especially wonderful, with a backward baseball cap, arms and legs like noodles, and high-heeled green boots. While not an essential purchase, it is fun.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.