Dateline: Down on the Farm. In a recasting of Clement C. Moore's poem, a band of bickering barn mates receives a request from Santa to be his relief sleigh team while the reindeer take a break. Quick thinking, teamwork-and some balloons-help the cacophonous crew finally bring peace and toys to all. The members of Newbold's anthropomorphic menagerie sport textured fur, fleece and feathers, as well as exaggerated expressions (some might call them over-the-top). Far more kid-friendly than Gribnau's rendition (reviewed below), this outing substitutes silliness for Moore's sense of wonder. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Barnyard Night Before Christmasby Greg Newbold, Greg Newbold (Illustrator)
"NOW BESSIE! NOW, BILLY! NOW, BINGO! NOW, CHICKIE!On, Lambsy! On, Trigger! On, Quacker and Piggy!"And laying his finger aside of his nose,Up, up, Santa Claus and those animals rose.Notice something a little different? Well, in this hilarious retelling of the iconic Clement C. Moore Christmas poem, it's a barnyard full ofmischievous, quarrelsome livestock that gets Santa and his sleigh off the ground this Christmas Eve. With a little ingenuity, a few balloons, and a lot of attitude, they give Santa a Christmas Eve he'll never forget!
Gr 2-4-Newbold's engaging illustrations add whimsy to this reworking of Clement C. Moore's poem. The use of light is excellent, and the expressive features of the barnyard menagerie are compelling. The tale is a familiar one. Santa's reindeer are incapacitated, so the farm animals, who haven't been getting along this year, rally to save Christmas and are duly rewarded. Becoming heroes and receiving presents take precedence over gaining any understanding of peace and brotherhood, but this lighthearted story should be well received at storytime.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
Beth Terrill is an editor of children's books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Greg Newbold has been an artist his entire life. His illustrations have appeared in many books, magazines advertisements, and exhibitions. He lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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