Farmer Joe and the Music Show

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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 and the crops all grow."

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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 and the crops all grow."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Farmer Joe's crops will not grow, his animals will not work, and he does not know what to do. But music tends to make everything better so he digs out his guitar and begins to play. His music draws other animals into joining his impromptu band. Fiddler Fox, Rabbit with her concertina, Bear with his double bass, and Farmer Joe with his guitar soon have everything on the farm feeling better. The crops begin growing again, the hens begin laying, and the cows are eating and dancing in the fields. The rhyming text is easy to read and quite entertaining and can be easily adapted to either a story hour scenario or used as a bedtime story. The simplicity of the text also makes it an ideal beginning reader book. The illustrations are full page and colorful and add tremendous depth to the text. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Old Farmer Joe, a lovable hound dog, knows something is amiss. The crops aren't growing, the hens can't seem to lay eggs, and even the pigs have no appetite. What's a farmer to do? "He puts on his hat and yells, 'Yee-har!'/Then he starts to pluck on his old guitar," and raises the spirits of the moping, lethargic animals with some good ole country music. As the momentum builds, Fox begins to fiddle, Rabbit plays her concertina, and Bear completes the quartet, jamming on his double bass. And before anyone can say corn on the cob, cows are grazing, bees are producing honey, and sunflowers are blooming. This charming tale, presented in rhyme, winds down with the animals enjoying a cool drink in the shade. Festive, humorous illustrations, depicting an assortment of endearing creatures with expressive features and body language, are done in ink and watercolor, using a bright palette. This is a great choice for a read-aloud or for reading one-on-one or, with a little bravery, for singing to a group of children on a hot summer day.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Mitton's modest, if mildly agreeable, contribution to the barnyard-hoedown genre opens with a bad case of malaise on Farmer Joe's spread. But readers will know something's cooking, even before Farmer Joe breaks out his guitar, because Parker-Rees's palette comprises the same colors associated with the stuff that gets piped onto birthday cakes, and the barnyard animals, who strike poses of sophisticated ennui, clearly know a good time when it bites them on the knee. Out come the instruments in cumulative fashion, each inspired by the one before, and the farm gets back in operation, for music shows the way to happiness and contentment. The basic rhythm has swing-"The crops like the music. Me-oh-my! / Look at them stretching up to the sky"-and plenty of onomatopoeic oomph-"Doom-doom-doo"-though readers may wince at such clunky rhymes as "idea / cheer" and "yee-har / guitar." Ultimately the book falls short of the panache of other barnyard merriments, such as Martin Waddell's The Pig in the Pond, illustrated by Jill Barton (1992). (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545124935
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 689,771
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton has written many wonderful books for children, including DINOSAURUMPUS!, DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, SPOOKY HOUR, FARMER JOE AND THE MUSIC SHOW, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT, all published by Orchard Books, as well as PLUM, published by Arthur A. Levine Books. Mr. Mitton lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and two children.

Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    An Undeniably Fun Read-aloud

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

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    Mitton & Parker-Rees Excellent Duo

    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!

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