Farmyard Beatby Lindsey Craig, Marc Brown
Author Lindsey Craig teams up with Arthur creator and bestselling artist Marc Brown in a toe-tapping farmyard dance-a-thon—perfect for toddler and preschooler read-alouds. As soon as the sun goes down, the animals are up! ("Sheep can't sleep. Sheep can't sleep. Sheep can't sleep 'cause they got that beat!") Before long, there's a giant farmyard dance party, complete with funny animal sounds. But what happens when all the racket wakes up Farmer Sue? Here's a colorful bedtime story that begs to be read aloud.
When the sun goes down, the farmyard animals are supposed to go to sleep. But wait: "Chicks can't sleep. Chicks can't sleep. / Chicks can't sleep / 'cause they got the beat!"
The sheep, cat, cow and dog can't sleep either because they've got the beat, too. Here comes Farmer Sue, and she can't sleep either, so everyone dances to the beat, "T-I-L-L... / ... they fall in a heap! / Asleep!" The collage art (hand-painted on corrugated-looking and other found papers) is similar to the duo'sDancing Feet!(2010) and a total departure from Brown's style in his Arthur books. The jazzed-up animals are shaped with textured cut-out pieces that form the assemblage, which pops against the black-and-purple striped backgrounds. Colors are largely those found in nature, though judicious use of pinks on noses, tongues and the insides of ears keep the figures from looking anything but dull; they definitely have child appeal. The story ends with the rooster (a spectacle in blue, lavender and crimson) crowing, "Cock-a-doodle-doo! / I've got the beat!"
It won't take but one or two readings before kids join right in with the syncopated fun.(Picture book. 3-6)
The New York Times
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.16(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 1 - 4 Years
Meet the Author
LINDSEY CRAIG lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her family. Her first book, Dancing Feet!, is also available from Knopf.
MARC BROWN is the creator of Arthur, the star of many picture books and a six-time Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselllers Wild About Books and Born to Read by Judy Sierra as well as Buying, Training, & Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Rennert.
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This is a fun and interactive story. My children enjoyed howling and peepingalong whie the animals in the book!!!!!!!
Wow! This book is amazing! My kids love the rhythm of the book and want me to read it to them every night and sing it back to me. So much fun!
Such a fun book! Farmyard Beat is the book my kids read and sing to me all day, too.
Love, Love, Love this book it has been a life saver! My girls won't go to bed without their Farmyard Beats!