Funny Farm

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Hawthorne Farm is a funny farm, a good-humored farm, a farm that is chock full of fun!

Award-winning author/illustrator Mark Teague creates a farm with a sense of humor. Readers will laugh out loud when Cousin Edward arrives from the city to help out on the farm. The cows, pigs, and sheep have been waiting for Cousin Edward to visit Hawthorne Farm. The fun is never ending as Edward tries his best to milk the cows, tend the sheep, feed the pigs, plant the garden, and much more. ...

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Overview


Hawthorne Farm is a funny farm, a good-humored farm, a farm that is chock full of fun!

Award-winning author/illustrator Mark Teague creates a farm with a sense of humor. Readers will laugh out loud when Cousin Edward arrives from the city to help out on the farm. The cows, pigs, and sheep have been waiting for Cousin Edward to visit Hawthorne Farm. The fun is never ending as Edward tries his best to milk the cows, tend the sheep, feed the pigs, plant the garden, and much more. It is truly a day that Edward will never forget!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

When Edward, a city-slicker dog, arrives at his canine relatives' farm for a visit, Teague provides the perfect setup for this goofily sweet fish-out-of-water tale. As fans familiar with the antics of Teague's other pooch-Ike from the Dear Mrs. LaRue books-might expect, the narrative nature of the crisp oil illustrations reveals a much more entertaining version of the story than does the straightforward text. The line, "In the woods, Edward helps make maple syrup," accompanies a spread showing Edward stumbling through a clearing with his paw stuck in a bucket. And when "Edward and Judy go outside to tend the sheep," Edward is shown petrified, having somehow hooked the leg of one unhappy looking ram. Young readers will find plenty to revisit in the humorous bucolic scenes of barnyard creatures at work and play. And though Edward never quite gets the hang of farm chores, kids will take heart that his bemused hosts are ever-tolerant of his botched efforts. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Edward, a young anthropomorphic dog, is visiting his aunt, uncle, and cousin at their farm for the first time. And a funny farm it is indeed. Up before he is really awake, Edward watches Uncle Earl milk the cow. His cousin Judy gives him a push into the mud when he feeds the pigs. The chickens don't appreciate his gathering their eggs. Then Edward gets stuck in the buckets of maple syrup. Edward watches an ant plow as his uncle does the same. He digs in the garden along with a gopher. When it rains, he watches from inside as the pigs splash happily in the puddles while a mother bird holds an umbrella over her babies. Cousin Judy tries to teach him to knit; then they tend the sheep. Still trying to help, Edward paints part of the barn the wrong color. He does enjoy a hearty dinner and a barn dance with the other critters before going to bed for his hard-earned sleep. Visualized on double-page spreads that bleed off all edges, the characters, painted in oils, have their sculptural qualities emphasized. But everything is lighthearted fun; sheep brush their teeth in the trough, a pair of mice churn milk into cheese in a mouse-size churn, Edward's knitting is full of holes. And through it all, Edward wears a black dress suit and red bow tie. Note the contrasting jacket and cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

It's obvious that Edward, a black-and-white bulldog sporting a bow tie, doesn't have a clue about what his first visit to Hawthorne Farm will bring. For starters, the cows play tetherball, sheep brush their teeth, and snickering pigs cause mischief whenever they can. The understated text, e.g., "Edward gathers eggs from the henhouse," provides an amusing contrast to the chaos captured in Teague's signature oil illustrations (Edward, eggs flying wildly out of his basket, is chased by an upset chicken). One chore after another keeps the dog busy, from plowing a field to slopping the pigs and making maple syrup. The plot is skimpy, but Teague fans will enjoy his latest zany offering.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

Kirkus Reviews
In this picture-book twist on Green Acres, the joke is on citified cousin Edward, a dapper dog who visits his Uncle Earl's farm. Earl and his family try to orient Edward to their chores, and a humorous dialectic emerges between understated text and pictures packed with narrative. "In the woods Edward helps make maple syrup," reads a typical page; the accompanying illustration, an oil painting saturated with Teague's characteristically rich colors, shows Edward struggling to carry two pails of sap, with his foot stuck in another pail. Meanwhile, Aunt Josephine and Cousin Judy look on, bemused, as they capably check pails on other trees. The funny on this farm is also found in small pictorial details unmentioned by the text, as a robin holds an umbrella to protect her brood from a rainstorm or an industrious ant spins wool alongside Edward and his family while a sheep gazes in through the window. Ultimately, there's very little story holding the book together, but the humor found on each page is satisfying in its own right. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439914994
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 623,173
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Teague

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Love this book!

    My daughtger is 19 months old and loves this book! I just starting reading it to her and she has asked me to read it about 20 times in the past two days. She loves the pictures and the story line is great. She may not totally understand the plot yet, but even she thinks it's funny to see a sheep brushing his teeth. This book is great for kids her age and even several years older.

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