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Cock-a-Doodle Dance!
     

Cock-a-Doodle Dance!

by Christine Tricarico, Rich Deas (Illustrator)
 

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It's all work, no play for the grouchy animals at this Texas farm. Then Rooster catches the jitterbug and things will never be the same!

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It's all work, no play for the grouchy animals at this Texas farm. Then Rooster catches the jitterbug and things will never be the same!

Editorial Reviews

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“Life on the farm is positively 'Cock-a-Doodle DULL' until Rooster catches a jitterbug that starts the whole barn a shakin' and a rollin'.” —Kirkus

“Deas's illustrations enliven the already busy, bopping story, which is sure to be a storytime and classroom hit.” —School Library Journal

“Anyone who reads or hears this romp cannot help but be amused.” —Children's Literature

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
In spite of lots of work to do, the animals are bored on a gloomy and dull farm in Texas. Then the rooster catches a jitterbug. The dance fever overtakes the farm so chickens lay no eggs and cows give no milk. As the day goes on, the barnyard sees a variety of dances: the tango, the cha-cha and ballet. This frenzied activity cannot last long and after the second day, the rooster only wants to sleep. His rest causes other barnyard activities to go awry until the rooster finally wakes up and sees the mess. He wonders if maybe a balance between work and dance can help the farm operate more smoothly. The rooster did not count on the farmer and his wife catching the jitterbug but he may have to resign himself to their distraction. With bright colors and cartoon-like animals, this rhyming story gently shows that too much of any activity may result in bad circumstances. The variety of dance steps and the playful rhymes make this perfect for a kindergarten read-aloud. First graders and some second graders can also enjoy the humor and verve. The fate of the farmer and his wife is not exactly necessary but the end papers explaining the dance help explain unfamiliar dance steps. Anyone who reads or hears this romp cannot help but be amused.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This rip-roaring tale begs to be read aloud. The animals' lives on a boring Texas farm are all work and no play. Then, the hilarious rooster catches a jitterbug, and a rollicking dance begins. "This jitterbug's contagious;/boogie fever's catchin' on./The others follow Rooster's lead/to doodle-dance at dawn." After rocking out all night the barnyard is bushed and the farm is in disarray. Rooster again takes the lead, calling for a "Cock-a-Doodle Clean Up!" Deas's illustrations enliven the already busy, bopping story, which is sure to be a storytime and classroom hit. A glossary contains dancing terminology to clarify the farmyard friends' fancy footwork.—Alison Donnelly, Mississippi Valley Library District, Collinsville, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Life on the farm is positively "Cock-a-Doodle DULL" until Rooster catches a jitterbug that starts the whole barn a shakin' and a rollin'. "The chickens do / the cha-cha, / as the dogs begin / ballet, / and shimmy sheep / don't stop their / swing until / the light of day." Barnyard beats and dancing livestock tales are a dime a dozen, but this snappy rhythm is enough to carry readers, regardless of originality. (It's super fun to read aloud.) However, the farm animals can't fully surrender to a life of dance and ignore their responsibilities. The eggs have become scrambled, the milk has curdled and the farm is a mess. The only thing left to do is "Cock-a-Doodle CLEAN UP!" Deas' energetic animals look like they've danced straight out of Looney Tunes, with Rooster and his slick, rockabilly hair/comb leading the way. Action words like "pivot," "pounce" and "prance" (extra points for alliteration) are mixed in with a variety of dances from all different eras. A glossary at the back describes some of the steps and history in further detail. This romp may be slight in plot, but it's overflowing in clever wordplay. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312382513
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Christine Tricarico lives in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, in a lil' love-filled home with her daughter, Fallon. In her spare time, Christine's been known to dance with her dogs and bunny-hop through her gardens.

Rich Deas is a designer, illustrator, and currently the creative director at Macmillan Children's Publishing in NYC. He has designed hundreds of book covers and is the illustrator of 10 Fat Turkeys. Rich resides in Glen Ridge, NJ with his wife and two sons.

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