Overview

Gallileon, a young rooster, has to crow to the sun on Sunday morning when his father is sent to compete at the county fair. After a few starts and stops, Gallileon manages to wake up the sun and the rest of the farm, but when the geese decide to play a mean trick on him, the sun disappears at high noon. Where did it go? Can Gallileon's irrepressible little sister Pepina save her brother from the ultimate humiliation?

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Rosa Farm

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Overview

Gallileon, a young rooster, has to crow to the sun on Sunday morning when his father is sent to compete at the county fair. After a few starts and stops, Gallileon manages to wake up the sun and the rest of the farm, but when the geese decide to play a mean trick on him, the sun disappears at high noon. Where did it go? Can Gallileon's irrepressible little sister Pepina save her brother from the ultimate humiliation?

Sumptuously illustrated with line drawings by Matt Phelan, this refreshingly literary debut by Elizabeth Wu is perfect for young middle grade readers.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In a time of vanishing family farms, this "barnyard tale" by newcomer Liz Wu is most welcome reading. Young rooster Gallileon takes on the task of heralding the sun while his distinguished father is off being exhibited at the county fair. Gallileon's first attempts at crowing are clumsy, but start to seem downright disastrous when a scheming goose tricks him into repeating his performance right before a solar eclipse. Luckily, his plucky little sister, Pepina, and her porcine and feline allies uncover the plot and ensure that all ends well, with growing respect and friendship between the hitherto squabbling siblings, bringing the story to a satisfying close. Although the "egg-lips" plot element feels a bit contrived and creaky, Wu's cast of characters are delightfully differentiated and aptly named, from gossiping geese Prattle, Gabble, and Babble, to regal Caesar the pig. Phelan's illustrations do justice to them all, especially to spirited little Pepina, who is just adorable. Wu's writing is lovely ("he watched as the sky grew richer and dimmer, as the shadows on the ground grew longer and stranger..."), and the dialogue among her characters sparkles. It is to be hoped that Rosa Farm's inhabitants return to share future stories.
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Gr 2–4
In this clever barnyard tale, Gallileon, a rooster with a large dose of teenage angst, must fill in for his father during his absence. The pressure of welcoming the new day is intense, but he succeeds after a few false starts. Returning to the coop, he finds his sister Pepina in trouble with their mother for being a bad influence on the smaller chicks. Forced by the hen to spend the day together, Gallileon and Pepina run into three menacing ducks and the meanest goose on the farm, Prattle. When he plays a practical joke that results in the kidnapping of Pepina, Gallileon must find the courage to defeat the bullies once and for all. The author has developed a cast of engaging and endearing characters. Gallileon and Pepina are particularly entertaining with their true-to-life, often-complicated, brother/sister relationship. The plot is quick paced and will keep the interest of readers new to chapter books. Occasional line drawings depict the animals' emotions. This engaging romp deserves a place in any library, urban or rural.—Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX

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Kirkus Reviews
Charlotte's Web meets Lord of the Flies in this offering from newcomer Wu. The regular Rosa Farm rooster is unable to complete his regular job of crowing to the rising sun. So Gallileon, the adolescent rooster, is called in to do his father's job. Gallileon takes his job very seriously, even staying up all night so that he will not oversleep. A cute idea, but there is simply too much going on here. Little chick sister Pepina's pettiness leads to bickering, and their mother forces the unhappy siblings to play together. Barnyard politics lead the gossiping geese to kidnap Pepina and trick Gallileon with their knowledge of a convenient eclipse. Gallileon is forced to make an alliance with a cat and dog in order to save his sister. The plot muddies even further when the cat convinces one goose to plan a coup to overthrow the leader of the geese. Though the story has amusing moments and Phelan's line drawings are charming, there are just too many complicated plotlines and characters for the target reading age. (Fiction. 7-9)
From the Publisher
“LIZ WU HAS developed a cast of engaging and endearing characters. Gallileon and Pepina are particularly entertaining with their true-to-life, often-complicated, brother/sister relationship. The plot is quick paced and will keep the interest of readers new to chapter books. Occasional line drawings depict the animals’ emotions. [An] engaging romp.” —School Library Journal

“Wu’s writing is lovely and the dialogue among her characters sparkles. It is to be hoped that Rosa Farm’s inhabitants return to share future stories.” —Children’s Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307490308
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH WU is a world-traveling journalist, who currently lives in Mexico. This is her first book for children.


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