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School Library Journal - 05/01/2014 K-Gr 2—Told in rhythmic onomatopoeia and rhyme, this tale is about farm animals that wait until the farmer heads out into the fields to cut loose. While he's working aw ay, they tube down the stream, have a picnic, ride a roller coaster, and literally have a ball. However, when they see the farmer returning with the setting sun, they race back to the farmyard and resume grazing near the barn. There are no actual words to the story, only animal noises: "Neigh neigh baa baa quack quack tweet/arf oink ree ree cluck cluck cheep!" It is the bright colored pencil and acrylic illustrations that tell the story. The animal faces are comical and expressive, and the rhythmic text may appeal to the ears of the littlest ones. However, they may not catch the humor in the pictures. Older children, though, will relish the silly pictures and may find humor in the nonsense words. A high-spirited addition.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2014 The title is all the verbal explanation one gets in this story of farm animals partying down, their rhyming exclamations the only text, after the farmer heads off to the fields on his tractor. Each sound correlates to a particular animal (the mama pig cries “oink” while the piglets cry “ree”); a picture “glossary” depicting each animal next to its sound appears on the book’s endpages for extra support. The storyline is simple and easy to follow, and the text (“Neigh neigh baa baa quack quack tweet/ arf oink ree ree cluck cluck cheep!” cry the critters as the farmer heads off) rejoices in its own verbal musicality. The animals revel in anthropomorphic pleasures such as having a picnic, riding a roller coaster, and dressing up and dancing as the sun goes down, only to make a mad dash for the pasture when the farmer returns. The only indication the tired farmer gets that something unusual has happened is the last-minute appearance of a dress-wearing mouse crying “eek!” as she rushes past. The rhythmic animal sounds pair pleasingly with the detailed and amusing colored pencil and acrylic illustrations, and kids will appreciate the opportunity to make one-to-one connections between the animal sounds and the animals. This would be an energetic choral reading selection, and the limited vocabulary puts it within reach of beginning solo readers as well; share along with LaRochelle’s Moo (BCCB 11/13) for a barnyard full of farm animal fun. JH - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.