Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?
Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?
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Annotation: While Donkey tries to convince Farmer that all the other animals have left the farm, chickens, goats, and even a cow are enjoying rides and contests at a fair.
Catalog Number: #130136
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Herrod, Mike,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-585-36963-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-585-36963-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016026768
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Turns out he was following more than just the chickens….Donkey politely but urgently wakes the farmer, a white man in pig-adorned pajamas, at 5:05 a.m. to tell him the pigs have escaped and are headed to town. The farmer doesn't believe his donkey. An hour later, Donkey wakes the farmer again to tell him the cow has escaped—and so have the sheep. While the farmer's making coffee at 6:25, Donkey tells him the chickens and the goats are gone too…turns out the fair is on, and every animal is headed there. The man and his ass get on the tractor (the goats drove off in the truck) and head out to capture the contrary critters. After the roundup, the farmer wonders how this could have happened. Donkey says, "I believe you left the barn door open, Sir." James' debut farm fable is told entirely in pictures and dialogue. Alternating between Donkey and the farmer's conversation, laid out on full- and double-page spreads in green and red type, respectively, is the speech-balloon dialogue of the runaway animals, drawn in comic-style panels that depict them on the way to and having fun at the fair. Herrod's stubby-legged, pudgy, happy farm animals are pretty funny riding the roller coaster, going down a water slide, zooming on a zip line. The low-key humor—particularly the uber-serious Donkey's deadpan politeness—and simple story are enjoyable, but, frustratingly, the tale never takes advantage of the joke its title riffs on. Middle-of-the-road farm fare. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12;James puts a new spin on the timeless joke in her first picture book. In this quirky tale, Donkey awakens the farmer, alerting him that the pigs have left the farm. The farmer states, "That's not possible" and goes back to sleep. Meanwhile, the pigs are walking through town, looking for a snack. Now the cows and sheep are following. Also, the chickens. Finally, the farmer starts listening to Donkey, and they go in search of the farm animals, who are all on their way to the country fair. Outlined in black, the illustrations are bright, cheerful, and cartoonish. The text is simple, and the dialogue between the farmer and the donkey is color-coded to keep the speakers straight. The animals' conversations appear in word bubbles. The expressions on their faces are amusing, and readers will laugh at the antics that ensue. VERDICT This new slant on a timeless joke will fit into any barnyard-related storytime. A fun addition.&12;Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
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School Library Journal (Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2017)
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

Farmer would just like to sleep in but his early morning slumbers are disturbed by his faithful companion, Donkey. And Donkey isn't there to bid Farmer a good morning. As it turns out, the prospect of fun and food has lured the farm's livestock to a local fair. Now it's up to Farmer and Donkey to go round up the wayward critters before they can get into too much trouble. Or is it too late? Young readers will laugh out loud at the antics of the farmer's chickens, goats, pigs, and one anxious cow in this quirky take on the traditional knock-knock joke.

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