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The barnyard animals are playing with a red ball that accidentally rolls into the doghouse. Who's going to get it out? Mouse says Cow is big, brave, and strong, and must go first. Cow goes in but does not come out. Pig tries next, as Mouse deems him smart, wise, and stinky. Pig takes offense at the "stinky" designation, but proceeds into the doghouse. Pig does not return either. Duck, as the loudest, goes next-and disappears just like the others. The only one left outside, Mouse timidly calls out, "Can't you come out, Duck?"-upon which Dog appears in the doorway and says, "No! Because I am having duck for dinner." Mouse assumes the worst, but the last spread shows all the animals inside the dog's house sitting down to a meal. Mouse joins the party on the endpapers, just in time for dessert. The simple cartoon characters, scenery, and dialogue balloons are outlined in thick, bold lines. Colors are smooth and flat, with backgrounds done in bright blues, purple, and lime green. The pictures are large and distinct, and will work well with a group. The joke is an old one, but it's always new to kids just beginning to understand wordplay.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Posted November 12, 2009
My kids (4, 2 and 1) can't get enough of this book. It is now dog-eared and tattered because it has been read over and over again. Honestly, I had to hide it from my one year-old because she wants me to read it over and over and over again. It really is a great, fun story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2008
My kids and I originally found this book at the library. We now own it! My three year old loves the story and understands the humor, while my twenty month old enjoys the photos and still is able to follow the story for the most part. I will caution that if you have a very timid toddler they may find a page or two a little scary. Overall-very loved book at our house.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.