Gobble-Gobble Crash: A Barnyard Counting Bash

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What happens when four noisy turkeys try to fly through the barnyard in the middle of the night? Gobble-Gobble-Crash! Those naughty turkeys bang into the house, smash into the coop, and slop into the pigpen. Before you know it, the whole barnyard is awake! But did the turkeys really want to wake the farmer, too? Count up to ten and back down again with this clever rhyming read-aloud by Julie Stiegemeyer, illustrated with boisterous watercolors by Valeri Gorbachev.

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Overview

What happens when four noisy turkeys try to fly through the barnyard in the middle of the night? Gobble-Gobble-Crash! Those naughty turkeys bang into the house, smash into the coop, and slop into the pigpen. Before you know it, the whole barnyard is awake! But did the turkeys really want to wake the farmer, too? Count up to ten and back down again with this clever rhyming read-aloud by Julie Stiegemeyer, illustrated with boisterous watercolors by Valeri Gorbachev.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

In rhythmic couplets, a numbers game unfolds: one horse, two cows, three kittens settle down for the night, only to be awakened by four noisy wild turkeys ("Gobble, gobble, crash!") that disturb everyone as they fly from the barn to the sty to the henhouse, finally waking the farmer and his wife, who vow to "have a turkey feast!" At that, all of the farm animals quiet down ("Gobble, gobble, sshhh!") and hide the four turkeys, as the counting reverses from 10 baby robins back to one horse, and everyone goes back to sleep, including the befuddled farmer-but not for long. Gorbachev's action-filled illustrations add to the fun. His animals cavort against moonlit teal backgrounds, with the text printed in white. Children will have fun spotting the hiding turkeys and should greatly enjoy the whole bash.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Kirkus Reviews
Do not be fooled: This is not a Thanksgiving tale. It is, however, a counting, rhyming, barnyard, bedtime story. And the humor and illustrations actually make it all work. A rafter of wild turkeys disrupts the sleep of all the barnyard animals as they flap and crash about the farm. Things really get heated when the farmer, mighty grouchy at his midnight awakening, vows to turn the turkeys into dinner. Aghast, the rest of the animals hide the turkeys while the farmer searches about. The rhyming text conveys all the action in sturdy couplets, at the same time giving readers the opportunity to count the animals and their offspring from one to ten all along the way. Gorbachev's characteristic ink-and-watercolor artwork incorporates cool greens and blues that set the sleepy tone and make the whole barnyard seem peaceful and inviting-except, of course, when the turkeys crash the scene again. A lively addition to any preschooler or storytime collection. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525479598
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,380,792
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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