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McGillycuddy Could!

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McGillycuddy is new to the farm. What use is McGillycuddy, wonder the cow, sheep, hen, and rooster.

She can't make milk.

She can't lay eggs.

She can't even "Cock-a-doodle- doo!"

So what do McGillycuddys do?

Young readers will delight in this boisterous read-aloud and enjoy...

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Overview

McGillycuddy is new to the farm. What use is McGillycuddy, wonder the cow, sheep, hen, and rooster.

She can't make milk.

She can't lay eggs.

She can't even "Cock-a-doodle- doo!"

So what do McGillycuddys do?

Young readers will delight in this boisterous read-aloud and enjoy discovering all the special things a McGillycuddy can do!

Although McGillicuddy the kangaroo cannot produce wool or milk or lay eggs, the other animals learn that kangaroos can bring special skills to the farm.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"What's that coming through the gate?" From this opening line through most of the book, the farm animals wonder what this new creature named McGillycuddy can do. It appears that she can hop, jump, bounce and kick, but certainly can't make milk like the cow, grow wool, lay eggs or even cock-a-doodle-doo. So with sadness, she prepares to leave the farm. On the way out a fox decides that he is going to enjoy a delicious duck dinner. Neither the cow, sheep, hen or rooster can help, but fearless McGillcuddy finally gets to show her stuff. She hops, jumps, bounces and gives that hungry fox a real kick and off he goes. The watercolor illustrations are amusing and the humor is evident from the first scene were all the animals are looking over McGillycuddy when she arrives. Rooster peers in her pouch, hen looks at her feet, sheep explores her knapsack, and duck is intrigued by her tail. The real message will go down very smoothly—we all have strengths and skills and those differences are cause for celebration and acceptance. 2005, HarperCollins, and 15.89. Ages 2 to 4.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-When a kangaroo arrives at the farm, the other animals wonder what she can do. Although she tries, McGillycuddy can not make milk, grow wool, lay eggs, or cock-a-doodle-doo. However, she can hop, jump, bounce, and kick, and that's just how she saves the day when a fox tries to eat a duckling for supper. The expressive faces of the characters in the richly colored illustrations lend warmth and action to a story that is predictable from the beginning. An acceptable supplemental purchase.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A kangaroo hops into a farmyard, and gets a hostile reception-that is, at first. McGillicuddy tries, but can't get the hang of giving milk like the cow, or wool like the sheep, or eggs like the hen, and so is scorned-but McGillicuddy can jump and kick, skills that come in very handy when a hungry fox strolls through the gate. Porter spoils Edwards's rhythmic, non-gender-specific text by giving McGillicuddy a pouch, but kangaroo and mates are expressively posed, and, lugging a camp stove and picnic gear as he enters, the fox makes an appropriately menacing but faintly silly figure. The encounter isn't as suspenseful as Mem Fox's Hattie and the Fox (1987), but younger readers and listeners should get the point that everyone has different talents. (Picture book. 5-7)
The Horn Book
“McGillycuddy could kick the stuffing out of any story hour.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Provides readers aloud much scope for vocal gymnastics.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Provides readers aloud much scope for vocal gymnastics."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Provides readers aloud much scope for vocal gymnastics.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060290016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Sue Porter is the illustrator of many books for children, including I Have Feelings! by Jana Novotny Hunter, Night Night Toes: A Lift-the-Flap Story by Ashala Gabriel, Our New Baby and A Perfect Cuddle by Dee Shulman, and Parsnip, which she also authored. She lives in England.

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