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Barnyard Slam
     

Barnyard Slam

by Dian Curtis Regan, Paul Meisel (Illustrator)
 
The barnyard is going hog wild! Yo Mama Goose has her geathers full trying to host a poetry contest without raising the rafters. Writers are sensitive creatures; and all of the animals want to strut their stuff, including Yo Mama herself. With tempers flaring--and noise levels rising--Farmer and Son are sure to hear the commotion. None of the animals can afford to

Overview

The barnyard is going hog wild! Yo Mama Goose has her geathers full trying to host a poetry contest without raising the rafters. Writers are sensitive creatures; and all of the animals want to strut their stuff, including Yo Mama herself. With tempers flaring--and noise levels rising--Farmer and Son are sure to hear the commotion. None of the animals can afford to horse around, and it will take a genuine artist to bring peace back to the barn.

This tongue-in-beak tale is sure to amuse and inspire poets and animal lovers alike.

A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Regan's (Monster Baby) parody specializes in terrible puns and broad humor, the kind young readers adore. At a poetry slam arranged by Yo Mama Goose, a kerosene lantern lights the proceedings as each animal takes the stage. Charley Horse rants about hay while Cow's wry “The Truth about Cows” quips (“We do not sing./ We do not type”). Duck ruffles feathers with her awkward rhyme scheme, and Lamb offers a Dr. Seuss takeoff (“I would not leave my friendly flocks./ I would not follow Wolf or Fox”). Only Turkey's hurt feelings throw a wrench in the competition (she objects to the invitation, which reads “Be there or Be-headed,” and refuses to perform). The puns fly thick and fast, and Meisel's (Harriet's Had Enough!) warm and goofy pen-and-ink spreads convey the story's humor and energy (though the do-rags and bandannas the animals all wear come across as lame rather than hip). Adults may groan, but kids should find this more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
The animals in the barnyard are up to mischief. When the farmer is not around, the animals decide to have a Poetry Slam. Goose, who refers to herself as "Yo Mama Goose," is in charge. Each of the animals comes up on stage to perform poetry. The horse, cow, pig, duck, lamb, and turkey each perform a poem for the barn full of animals. Mouse is on the lookout for Farmer and Son because the animals do not want to get caught in the act. This book is pure fun for young readers, but it will not bore the adults who have to read and reread it aloud. It is full of funny animal puns that older children and adults would appreciate. The poems that each animal performs are funny and are stand-alone poems themselves. A hilarious story of barn animals run amuck that would make an excellent read-aloud for young children. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—"Yo Mama Goose" is hosting a poetry slam in the barn. The animals gather around a pallet stage and glowing lantern as they await their turns to perform. Charley Horse takes the stage with a free-verse poem lamenting his hay-based diet. "Bovina" follows with a poem entitled "The Truth About Cows." Hog, Duck, and Sheep recite their selections, and even Lamb chimes in with a parody of Dr. Seuss's "Sam I Am." Turkey declines his turn in protest of Yo Mama's insulting sign that admonishes, "Be There or Be-Headed." Animal-themed jokes abound. Full-page watercolor and line illustrations create an entertaining night on the farm. A good read-aloud for inspiring young poets of all species.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Behind closed barn doors, boisterous farm animals perform at an open-mike poetry slam. While the mouse serves as the lookout for the farm family, the creative cast fights for the spotlight. Hosted by bossy Yo Mama Goose, each character presents an original poem, often drawing on classic and contemporary literature for inspiration. The cow disputes bovine myths promulgated by familiar nursery rhymes, and the lamb channels Dr. Seuss. The haughty host repeatedly interjects her flowery poem until the performance is disrupted. Witty wordplay and abundant puns pepper the animals' speech. The annoyed turkey protests, "I did not think your sign, / Be There or Be-Headed, is funny. / It stopped me cold turkey." Quickly shifting the focus to each performer, the story depends more on zinging punchlines than descriptive narrative; action rapidly builds through targeted one-liners. Meisel's pencil-and-watercolor double-page spreads feature soft colors and thin lines, emphasizing the dialogue's comedic elements. Anthropomorphized cartoon characters wear bandanas and sit cross-legged on hay; their wide-eyed expressions enhance the humorous tension. The successful result is high-spirited, lighthearted barnyard banter. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
*"High-spirited, lighthearted barnyard banter."

"A good read-aloud for inspiring young poets of all species."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823419074
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Meisel illustrated Go to Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox, Barnyard Slam by Dian Curtis Regan, and The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman. He lives in Connecticut.

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of many books for young readers.

In 1993, she was named "Member of the Year" by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators."

She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers' Hall of Fame, and has received a "Distinguished Medal of Service in Children's Literature" from the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers.

Dian was born in Colorado Springs and lived in Colorado for many years.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, she taught school in Denver until deciding to "take one year off to write." More than a year has passed and she is still writing full time.

Dian has lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and Venezuela. Presently, she lives in Wichita, Kansas. www.diancurtisregan.com.

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