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Squeal and squawk : barnyard talk
Pearson, Susan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, [2004]

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31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 106857.
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PS595.A5 P47 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Cows give us milk, for ice cream and cheese. But my dog gives me kisses, and tail wags ... and fleas. Welcome to the barnyard! Eighteen rollicking poems explore the lives of farm animals. From a limerick about a rooster in love with a duck to an ode to the lazy life of a cow, these comically illustrated rhymes take a humorous look at our squealing and squawking animal friends

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Publisher's Weekly Review

An unusual combination of Looney Tunes-type action mixed with a deft use of line and color, Slonim's (Moishe's Miracle) ink and acrylic illustrations provide plenty of humor in this uneven volume. The poem "Mad Magog," for example, features a cow-chasing goose, a premise Slonim exploits by picturing the hapless cow trying to climb a telephone pole to escape. In "Love," a rooster "with terrible luck/ has fallen in love with a duck," and he's shown forlornly holding a bouquet of flowers as the long-lashed duck swims far across the spread. While Pearson (The Drowsy Hours) sometimes stumbles in meter, the content of her limericks and couplets can be amusingly offbeat. In "Chuck's Duck," a daffy quacker dances to the farmer's saxophone playing a "Whack/ thwack/ maniac/ Hackensack beat." The human figures are more cartoonlike and less distinctive, but each illustration offers a plethora of witty animal characters. A poem that rhythmically recites various kinds of chickens ("Chantecler and Delaware,/ Jersey Giant, Buckeye, Brahma") contains a breed-appropriate bevy of dancing, strutting fowls along with a roasted chicken on a plate. The artwork provides a visual story frame for the poems, beginning with a sleepless child who initially shines a flashlight on the squawking animals in the barn. The fitting final image presents the child slumbering atop a puppy-litter-style tangle of cows and chickens in the blue moonlight. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A fresh and funny poetic view of the overworked subject of farm animals is a tall order, but that's exactly what Pearson delivers. From goats on the roof to flying pigs that prefer the mud to the sky, each poem presents a consistently unique perspective. A nostalgic sense of place and mood dominate in selections such as "Heading Home," which describes a line of cows "-looking fine/in the glow of setting sun,/never varying their pace,/each one always in her place,/strolling home, her thoughts on hay,/day/by day/by day/by day." Slonim's hilarious ink-and-acrylic illustrations add energy and vitality to the rhymes. Each page is designed to complement the specific poem. For example, the spread for the short poem "Love" captures the poignancy of a heartbroken rooster who has fallen in love with a duck by placing the two far apart on a barren background: "But the rooster can't swim,/And the chances are slim/That his sweetheart will ever speak CLUCK." This is a clever, quick-reading collection with loads of child appeal.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.