This story is about talking animals who get all mixed up — certainly not a new idea in children’s literature, but this book is so clever with its sing-songy rhymes and humor that it is definitely worth a read. The main mischief maker in this story is the cat, who decides one day after the rooster loudly “cock-a-doodle-doos” that the farm is just too noisy. He decides to do something about it and comes up with a magical spell to quiet those noisy animals. The next day the loud rooster wakes up and says “squeak, squeak, squeak”, and the cat just smiles with a smirk. Next the pig wakes up and “cluck, cluck, clucks” and so on and so on. This goes a little too far and the other animals get really angry, and pretty soon they are all after that cat. In the end, the cat learns his lesson when his magic gets all turned around and he opens his mouth only to hear “COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO”. In addition to the wonderful story, the illustrations are really appealing and fun. This would make a wonderful read-a-loud!
Posted by: Mary