Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat

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Will the barnyard animals trick?or treat?Farmer Brown? Find out in this Halloween tale from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo.

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.

But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. ...

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Will the barnyard animals trick—or treat—Farmer Brown? Find out in this Halloween tale from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo.

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.

But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.

There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Farmer Brown has endured a lot in Cronin and Lewin’s Click, Clack, Moo series, and in this sixth book, he’s up against a holiday he hates, Halloween: “Witches give him nightmares. Pirates give him shivers.” He’s in the minority on the farm, though, as the sheep, mice, chickens, and more don costumes for a barn party. And who exactly is that “dark creature standing beneath the trees,” with a vampire cape and an orange bill? Cronin makes delicious use of onomatopoeia and repetition to generate eerie tension, and Lewin’s moonlit watercolors add just the right touch of spookiness. Ages 3–7. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
The author and the illustrator who brought us Duck for President and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, have struck again, this time with a humorous take on Halloween and Farmer Brown's fear of things that go "bump" in the night. While Farmer Brown does put out trick or treat candy, he heads to bed early so as to not be disturbed by anything Halloween. However, the animals on the farm have different ideas, evidenced by the mice showing up in tiaras and ball gowns, the cats wearing their best bat costumes, the dogs appearing as witches, and Duck eventually coming to Farmer Brown's door dressed as Count Dracula. Duck leaves a note for Farmer Brown concerning the Halloween Party in the barn. Farmer Brown races to his barn, only to be confronted by his animals engaged in a "Best Costume" contest. Both text and illustrations provide strong action words and vivid pictures that will certainly delight younger readers. This is definitely a must buy before the Halloween season is upon us. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
The barnyard animals love Halloween. Farmer Brown does not. Sounds like the perfect time for tricks and treats! Since Farmer Brown wants nothing to do with the scary holiday, "he leaves a bowl of candy on the porch….draws the shades and locks the door." Out in the barn, though, the party is just getting started. Saturated watercolors show Cow dressed as a skeleton, the chickens looking quite ghostly and the sheep donning witch hats. As field mice and cats arrive, creepy sounds begin. The "crunch, crunch, crunching" and the "creak, creak, creaking" lead to a "tap, tap, tapping." Hearing them, Farmer Brown peeks out his window to investigate. Readers will chuckle and easily recognize "the dark creature standing beneath the trees." The farmer, however, runs to his bedroom to pull the covers up over his head. Now the sounds repeat, as the figure comes closer. This time, though, the tapping is followed by a "quack, quack, quackle." Wait--"Quackle??" Farmer Brown goes out to the porch to find the candy bowl gone and a note on the door announcing, "Halloween Party at the barn!" The chorus of onomatopoeic phrases throughout the briskly paced text guarantees an interactive read-aloud, though fans of Duck's earlier outings will miss their satiric bite. Sweet and silly--good enough for Halloween. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Cronin and Lewin have teamed up again to bring Farmer Brown and his clever barnyard animals back for a Halloween read-aloud. Farmer Brown leaves a bowl of candy on the porch, locks up the house, puts up a "Do Not Disturb" sign, and prepares to sleep through the holiday, but his animals have other plans for the evening. The repeated use of onomatopoeia successfully sets the mood for a crunching, creaking, tapping-filled night as the man is kept awake by the noise. When he spies a dark, lurking figure through the window, he realizes that his animal friends are at it again. His candy has disappeared and a new note appears on his door-"Halloween Party at the Barn!" Lewin's broad, black lines and watercolor paintings add just the right amount of shadow and spookiness to complement the simple text, creating a story that is creepy enough for Halloween storyhours, but not enough to scare young listeners. Fans of this creative team's other barnyard adventures will not be surprised to learn the identity of the caped figure responsible for the revelry and will enjoy this Halloween treat.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442465534
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 73,448
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Where Is Tippy Toes? She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Boo; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Such a disappointment

    Click Clack Moo was hilarious but I have been disappointed in all of the sequels. I think it is time to give up on this series.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Who doesn't like Halloween?  Well apparently Farmer Brown doesn'

    Who doesn't like Halloween?  Well apparently Farmer Brown doesn't.  He is scared silly of that spooky night.  "Witches give him nightmares.  Pirates give him shivers."  His remedy for Halloweenitis?  He puts on his footed pajamas, draws the shades down low, locks the door securely and goes to bed.  But he is not all that disengaged entirely from the rituals because before he settles down to sleep he puts a big bowl of candy on his front porch but then posts a "Do Not Disturb" sign on his front door. 

    Farmer Brown begins to hear creaks, crunches and all sorts of crazy sounds outside his house. He can't stand not knowing what is making those noises so he gets up to take a peek out of his window to see what is happening.  He discovers that the whole bowl of candy he placed there is gone and a poster has been nailed to his door that reads: "Halloween Party in the barn."  He can make out a huge shadowy image with a cape and an orange beak coming closer shouting, "Quack, quack, quackle."  Alarmed he runs and dives into his bed pulling the covers over his head.

    His barnyard friends however have a very different idea about how the night should be orchestrated.  A cow dresses up as a skeleton,  the sheep sport witches's hats, the cat has on batwings and the chickens look mighty ghostly.  They are out to party Halloween night away in the barn and everyone is invited, especially  Farmer Brown.   He cannot stand it any longer and he gets up to go and see what all the Halloween fuss is about.  When he gets to the party he finds there are a lot of surprises in store for him and he, Farmer Brown himself, is the centre of attention.

    This book is not scary at all,  but very funny. The illustrations with their saturated watercolours are vibrant, friendly and brilliant.  Lewin's moonlit colour pallet add just the right touch to create a mood of spookiness to the night.  Cronin uses onomatopoeia and repetition to generate an eerie feeling. It is the perfect read aloud for this wonderful Halloween season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Adorable fun and a super read aloud!

    If you are a fan of the Click, Clack series, this book is a must read. I bought it for my almost three year old grandson and we read it five times+ the first day he had it. He has requested it daily pretty much since then. More fun times from Farmer Brown & the barnyard gang. LOVE these books.

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