Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin and Hoot Owl by Sean Taylor


ABOUT THE BOOK

Farmer Brown, oh-so-sleepy, has a new, adorable and LOUD duckling to deal with in this addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Boo!

There's more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won't go to sleep, and whose play-with-me & peeps & are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him.

Peep!
Peep!
Peep!

How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all.


REVIEW

Cronin and Lewis have done it again.  They've created an adorable story about Farmer Brown and his animals.  This time the focus is on the new arrival: a baby duckling.  The excitement is palpable as the animals anxiously watch the egg until it hatches.  But once the duckling has arrived all the animals and Farmer Brown are ready to sleep.  Unfortunately, the duckling's constant peeping makes it impossible for them to sleep in the barn and so they all have to go outside to sleep.  At least until duck comes up with a seemingly perfect solution.  With duck though, things are never as simple as they seem.  Another fun read from a consistently fun author and illustrator.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Watch out! Hoot Owl is hungry in an offbeat story with deadpan humor and bold, striking illustrations.

Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! In the blackness of night, he’s preparing to swoop on his prey before it can realize his dastardly tricks. Look there—a tasty rabbit for him to eat! Hoot Owl readies his costume, disguising himself as . . . a carrot! Then he waits. The rabbit runs off. Never mind! Surely his next juicy target will cower against such a clever and dangerous creature as he! Kids will hoot at Sean Taylor’s deliciously tongue-in-beak narration, belied by the brilliantly comical illustrations of Jean Jullien.


REVIEW

Hoot Owl prowls around looking for something delicious to eat.  He uses disguises to get close to different prey and then waits for them to come to him, when they don't he sets off again, hungrier than before.  The humor here comes not only with the different disguises Hoot Owl wears (carrot for the rabbit, sheep for the sheep, etc.), but in his supreme confidence that he is a master hunter and that will catch something to eat if only he keeps trying.  It never occurs to him that his methods might be somewhat lacking in effectiveness.  Unfortunately, the funny ending doesn't disabuse him of this notion.  But child readers are bound to figure it out and laugh themselves silly at Hoot Owl's foolishness.

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