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The Rickety Barn show
Beeke, Jemma.
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Uniform Title:
Show at Rickety Barn
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday Book for Young Readers, 2001.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Excitement spreads through Rickety Barn Farm as the animals hear about and plan for putting on a show.
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Everyone wants to get into the act when the farm animals put on a show! Everyone is invited to join in the fun at the Rickety Barn Show. Jasper the cat will sing -- miiaaoow -- and Sniggle the pig will play his bugle -- toot toot. The hens will dance, the cows will juggle -- smash! -- and the sheep will do acrobatics. Even the grouchy old horse will recite a poem. Putting on a show is so much fun that all the animals want to get into the act -- but then who will be left to watch? It really doesn't matter, because everyone is having the time of their lives performing in the greatest show of all!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Beeke offers a barnyard book, filled with inviting read-along noises, vivacious illustrations, and a simple but involving plot. It's a quiet day in the barnyard, and Jasper the cat decides to put on a show. Then the pig hears Jasper singing and wants to get in on the act. The hen hears the pig practicing the bugle, the horse sees the hen and her cohorts working on their clucking in a kick line, and on and on--until the day of the performance, when nobody comes to see the show because everybody is in it. Chapman's watercolors, with outsize animals (the pig is half as tall as the barn) strutting their stuff at crazy angles, suit the verve of the story. Instructions on how children can put on their own show appear at book's end. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

This cheerful cumulative tale from a British team begins when Jasper the cat confides to Sniggle the pig that he will be singing at the Rickety Barn Show. Sniggle, not wanting to be left out, says he can play backup. A nosy chicken overhears Sniggle's music-making and proposes an all-hen dance revue. Soon, every animal on the farm is preparing a routine. At curtain time, they anxiously await their audience until Sniggle announces, "There's nobody to watch the show... because... we're all in it!" Undeterred, the acrobatic sheep, tea-set-juggling cows and emcee collie launch into an enthusiastic performance. Chapman fills the festive closing spread with vaudevillian antics, as a pompous plowhorse in a bow tie recites poetry amidst flying crockery and feathers. The almond-eyed, smiling animals appear to be enjoying themselves enormously, and notations like "La-dee-dah!" and "Toot! Toot!" provide sound effects. Beeke visits each creature in turn, presenting ample opportunity to whinny, baa and moo the dialogue, and she concludes with helpful suggestions for putting on another Rickety Barn Show. Those seeking an interactive project for preschoolers might find some amiable inspiration here. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Jasper the cat wants to put on a show for all of the animals in the barn, so he creates an ad, and then starts to practice his singing. When Sniggle the pig sees the poster, he wants to participate, and begins a one-pig band. The hens want to sing and dance, and the horse, sheep, cows, and sheepdog also want in on the act. At show time, all of the performers gather in the barn and wait for the audience to arrive. When no one comes, they realize that everyone is in the show, and they entertain themselves. This amusing but slight tale is accompanied by colorful abstract-style paintings that add humor to the story. The final spread, showing all the animals performing at once, as well as the dancing chickens on the endpapers, are particularly comical.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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