Farm Animals in Fantasy and Fiction
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Simon and Schuster, 2002
Farmer Brown goes on vacation, leaving his brother Bob handwritten instructions on how to care for the animals. The trouble is that Duck intervenes. He has a pencil in his beak, so the messages instruct Bob to order in pizza for the animals, wash the pigs in a bubble bath, and rent the movie "The Sound of Moosic." Eventually, poor Bob runs away. Lewin's big illustrations with thick black outlines do a great job of showing close-up cows and pigs happily lolling on the sofa, splashing in the bathroom, and making themselves right at home.
Using vibrant colors and die-cuts this book creates the visages of various farm animals. The book appeals to babies and young toddlers and introduces them to various shapes and colors.
Henry Holt, 2001
Roosters, cows, crows, hens, kittens, etc., noisly go about their barnyard business except for Goose, who silently flits through each scene chasing an elusive butterfly. She finally makes herself heard on the last double-page spread. Strong rhythm and rhyme, plus fun onomatopoeic animal sounds, demand reading aloud. The llustrations were created by pouring cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils. They create realistically textured, bold, bright settings for the whimsical critters to romp through.
Cock a Doodle Doo: A Farmyard Counting Book
Ragged Bears, 2001
One rooster crows to wake everyone up, then two horses neigh, and others join in until the farm is filled with squeaks, moos, clucks and more from ten different kinds of animals.
One Too Many: A Seek & Find Counting Book
In this nearly wordless book, one flea leaves a silver arc as it leaps to the watering trough in an empty barnyard at sunrise. Then two cows drink as the flea leaps twice. As the day progresses, each full-color spread shows more animals gathering at the watering trough, interacting with each other and shifting positions with puzzle-like complexity.
Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share
Walker Books for Young Readers, 2007
Corny one-liners drive this slapstick fantasy, as two featherbrained hens cross the road to follow their dreams.
I Had a Rooster: A Traditional Folk Song
This song in book form introduces new creatures on successively smaller pages, while cumulative lines from previously printed verses show through below. The melody line is included.
Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round
A twister strikes Farmer Brown's farm and mixes the animals all up, so that the cows oinked, sheep clucked, hens brayed, and his hound neighed.
Horse in the Pigpen
Something very strange is happening on this little farm. None of the animals are where they belong! The only person who can sort it all out is Ma -- but Ma is terribly busy. What will the animals and one puzzled little girl do if Ma never has time to get everything back the way it's supposed to be?