The Pig Is in the Pantry, the Cat Is on the Shelf

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Mr. McDuffel forgets to lock the door behind him, so eight silly farm animals march into his house, much to his cat’s dismay. As the clock strikes each passing hour, the animals have a ball playing dress-up, dancing, making lunch, and in general creating chaos until Mr. McDuffel returns at four to find them scattered throughout the house, fast asleep.

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Overview

Mr. McDuffel forgets to lock the door behind him, so eight silly farm animals march into his house, much to his cat’s dismay. As the clock strikes each passing hour, the animals have a ball playing dress-up, dancing, making lunch, and in general creating chaos until Mr. McDuffel returns at four to find them scattered throughout the house, fast asleep.

Having left his house unlocked to go shopping, Mr. McDuffel returns to find that the barnyard animals have taken it over and created chaos.

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"A terrific read-to book, with surprises tucked into the illustrations and story." Booklist, ALA
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Mr. McDuffel goes to town to buy flour at eight o'clock and does not return until four o'clock. While he is out, readers can count the animals that are "mookling, oinkling, and honkle donkling" throughout his house. Mozelle and Plecas have combined their talents in this busy story that will be appealing for emergent readers and their teachers. The language in the book is repetitive, rhythmic, and fast paced, and the expressive detailed illustrations add to the humor found in the text. As readers follow Mr. McDuffel throughout his day, they are made aware of the time that has passed on the clock, adding to the different functions this title can perform in the curriculum. If you share this book with readers, they will return to it again and again, expanding their skill base each time they read the story. They may even propose ideas for a sequel.
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Allison
This is a picture book to read and reread many times, simply because it's so much fun. Lively language (lots of alliteration) and exuberant illustrations work together to create a very funny story of the consequences of a forgetful farmer's neglecting to lock the gate. Barnyard animals invade his house and enjoy a raucous holiday, all under the disapproving eye of the family cat. There is a running gag of the silly goose, and as the day goes by and the ruckus continues, many imaginative situations evolve. An excellent read-aloud book, and a good buy.
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The author of ZACK'S ALLIGATOR and the illustrator of books such as Barbara Joosse's SNOW DAY! (1995) work collaborative wonders with this tale of farm animal high jinks that should appeal to youngsters' messy instincts. Mozelle supplies a rollicking story line, filled with wordplay, animal noises, counting drills, and silly songs, while Plecas' jolly pastel watercolors dance and frolic across the page. The mischief begins when farmer McDuffel goes to town, leaving the farmhouse door open. The farm animals take over, singing, cooking, lounging on sofas, taking baths, and creating a general mess. Only the housecat (reminiscent of the fish in Dr. Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT) takes a dim view of the partying animals. Suspense is heightened by the inset of a clock every few pages describing McDuffel's adventures and progress toward home. A terrific read-to-book, with surprises tucked into both the illustrations and story. Connie Fletcher, Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved.
Children's Book Review Service
Mr. McDuffel, a farmer, goes on a routine errand to buy flour which is nothing out of the ordinary. What is out of the ordinary, however, is the fact that he leaves the door unlocked and the barnyard animals invite themselves into his home for fun, frolic and boisterous activity! The catchy fast-paced text takes its readers on an adventure of action packed words and colorful pen-and-ink water colored 'emotion filled' frolicking scenes. Children will beg to have this book read and reread many time in many voices.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is a concept book with too many concepts and not enough of a story. We start with time as the clock strikes eight and Mr. McDuffel goes out to buy flour but forgets to lock the door of his farmhouse. In come eight--count them--saucy farm animals that take over the house. Back to the clock--it's nine, and poor Mr. McDuffel gets a flat tire. Meanwhile, the animals inside play dress up and we learn all about the clothes they try on and the noises they make. By 12 o'clock, McDuffel gets back on the road and the animals prepare lunch. At the end of the day, McDuffel comes home and chases the intruders back to the barn. But, alas, he has left his flour in the truck and of course a group of curious outdoor animals comes to investigate. 2000, Clarion Books, Ages 3 to 5, $15.00. Reviewer: Julie Steinberg
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Mr. McDuffel forgets to lock the door, the farm animals take advantage of their chance to enjoy the amenities of the farmhouse-the tub, the bed, the sofa, the kitchen, etc. They whoop it up in a big way until the farmer returns-and then the party is over. The face of a small clock shows the passing of time. The story is filled with alliteration, animal antics, and opportunities to count and tell time. Actually, the text goes in so many different directions that the focus of the book becomes confusing. Plecas's watercolor illustrations personify the animals as fun-loving, rambunctious characters. Each interior scene is filled with amusing detail. The layout of each page offers variety and appeal. Despite the awkward text, the entertaining illustrations depict this story well enough to consider it a pleasurable picture book.-Christine Lindsey, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland, WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395786277
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Plecas is the illustrator of Snow Day! as well as several other books, among them Good Night, Good Knight and Get Well, Good Knight, both published by Dutton. She lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.
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