Farmer Joe and the Music Showby Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)
Clucking hens, hoofing pigs, and mooing cows - join the beat!
"Down on the farm of Poor Old Joe, the hens won't lay and the crops won't grow."
With the help of his instrument playing friends, Farmer Joe soon has the hens clucking, the pigs hoofing, and the cows mooing to a hillbilly music show. And now, "...down on the farm of Clever Old Joe, the hens all lay
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It may just be another picture books with animals playing the parts of people, but I'm sold on this one!Farmer Joe (a beagle-like dog) calls upon his animal friends to cheer things up around the farmyard so that the chickens can get back to the business of laying eggs and so that the crops will grow once more.The writing is marvelously, trip-off-your-tongue fun to read. In fact, it's really more of a song. It's rhythmic and lilting and my youngsters can't get enough of it. Truly, though, I don't know who has more fun when Bear appears with his string bass that goes "doom-doom-doo, whoom-whoom-whump": the reader or the listeners.The illustrations are bright, inject a lot of humor, and give my near-3-year-old twins a lot to enjoy when they "read" the book themselves. Chickens in a kick line and pigs in a do-si-do are fun for me, too.
We are big fans of the illustrator, Guy Parker- Rees. He has adorable illustrations. Tony Mitton has a great rhythm. Some favorites of our family are: Giraffes can't dance, Dinosaurumpus and Come to tea on planet zum zee. Check this book out it's a good one!