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Flip Flap Farm
     

Flip Flap Farm

by Nosy Crow, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
 
121 possible animal combinations!

What do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family.

Overview

121 possible animal combinations!

What do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Who needs turducken when you can have churkey or ride a squorse? The pages of this spiralbound book are split horizontally, letting readers mix and match the top and bottom halves of 11 barnyard animals as they see fit, exquisite corpse–style. Brief rhymed verses pair with each animal half, which means that the fleece of a half-sheep, half-dog shog is “used to make warm wool,” but at nighttime, “if a sneaky fox slinks in,/ I chase him right away!” Working in ink and watercolor, Scheffler creates friendly, wide-eyed animals that look ready to gallop, hop, and scurry off the page (possibly all at once). Ages 3–7. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
Bold colors, phonetically zippy rhymes, sturdy book construction and countless creature combinations are a winning formula for beginning readers and storytimers.
—Kirkus Reviews

Eleven common animals are introduced here with a jaunty two-stanza verse and a simple, hearty full-page illustration. ... Even kids who can’t read the poetic text will appreciate the Frankenpossibilities.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
It’s a porse! No, it’s a hig! Find what mixed-up creature is made by flipping the flap (like a page) and reading the description. Each animal is portrayed on two flaps, one for the upper portion of the body including the head and one for the lower portion, which includes the legs. Corresponding to the two body portions are descriptions. By flipping the flaps, different creatures are created. A porse has the head and tail of a pig and the legs of a horse while a hig has the head and tail of a horse and legs of a pig. The features and descriptions of the new creature also change. The animal’s top and bottom outline closely match to complete a new creature. The pictures of the animals are on the right side of the layout with descriptions on the left side. Children will probably be amused with various combinations (over 100) and may even want to create their own collection of mixed-up creatures. The farm animals (like a pig or horse) can also be put together, too. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 3 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-18
"What crazy creatures will you meet today?" Scheffler illustrates a series of bouncy two-verse poems about animals, with verses on the left-hand page and pictures on the right. And there's a "flip-flap" twist: Each right-hand page is split in half; turning a flap to the left changes each pictured animal considerably. (The spiral binding and sturdy stock make this task easy for young readers.) Starting with the cow—"I'm beautiful! My nose is pink, / I have lovely big brown eyes. / I swish my tail from side to side / to keep away the flies"—pulling the top half yields the upper half of a pink pig with a mottled bovine bottom half, udder and all! Turning still more flaps brings up a rooster, lamb, horse or squirrel for the top half. There are 11 individual animals in all, bringing the number of possible combinations to well over 100. And each crazy creature has a different name. That oinker with udders is called a pow. There's also a cabbit (cow/rabbit), a moat (mouse/goat) and a hirrel (horse/squirrel). And on and on and on. Bold colors, phonetically zippy rhymes, sturdy book construction and countless creature combinations are a winning formula for beginning readers and storytimers. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763670672
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Pages:
26
Sales rank:
631,839
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Axel Scheffler was born in Hamburg, Germany. At school he was good at art, but didn’t think of a career in illustration until he won a cuddly purple cow in a drawing competition. He moved to England in 1982 to learn English and to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art. He has illustrated a number of books, including A Squash and a Squeeze, The Gruffalo, and Room on the Broom, all written by Julia Donaldson, as well as the popular Pip and Posy series. His books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in London with his partner and young daughter.

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