The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown

Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $37.63   
  • New (1) from $102.18   
  • Used (5) from $37.63   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

0531071839 New. Has the slightest of shelf wear (like you might see in a major bookstore chain). Looks like an interesting title! We provide domestic tracking upon request, ... provide personalized customer service and want you to have a great experience purchasing from us. 100% satisfaction guaranteed and thank you for your consideration. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Inside a Barn in the Country (reviewed above), this effort features a standard, mayhem-in-the-barn plot. As Farmer Brown desperately swats at an unseen mosquito whose ``tiny, whiny, humming sound'' keeps him up one night, he demolishes his bedroom and awakens all the animals in his barn. Westcott's (Never Take a Pig to Lunch) illustrations alternate between the farmer's room and the barn's interior, and the skeeter's flight path is indicated by a curly, dotted line across each page (observant readers will wonder why it's light outside the farmer's bedroom window, but nighttime-dark outside the barn window). Sloat (Letter to Letter) tries to build excitement by introducing the nervous animals one by one (``The doves cooed,/ The cows mooed,/ The old horse neighed,/ The donkey brayed''), while Westcott's spreads show anxious chickens tumbling in the hay and a grouchy goat leaping the cover. Yet for all the haphazard action, this tale lacks genuine vitality. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Westcott has drawn the old farmer trying to get to sleep-and his animals would like to sleep, too-but the "tiny, whiny, humming sound" keeps him awake. Every time he tries to swat it, he disturbs more animals, until like the house that Jack built, everyone is awake. Finally, of course, he manages to swat the thing. And finally, he gets to sleep; so do the barnyard animals. A very funny book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Farmer Brown's battle with a mosquito is told in toe-tapping verse in this delightful story based on a classic theme. The farmer who cannot sleep tries to kill a bothersome insect and each attempt disturbs more and more animals on the farm, ``But the thing exhausting Farmer Brown was something flying round and round with a tiny, whiny, humming sound.'' Finally the house is quiet, the farmer is asleep...and readers see the pesky critter now annoying the animals in the barn. Westcott's charming black-ink and acrylic drawings spill across the pages in colorful, action-filled pictures. The placement of text and illustrations is energetic and appealing. Byron Barton's wordless Buzz Buzz Buzz (Macmillan, 1973; o.p.) and Jim Aylesworth's Hush Up! (Holt, 1980; o.p.) and Old Black Fly (Holt, 1992) all deal with bothersome bugs. This one hums right along with the best of them. A rousing story-hour offering that's frivolous and fun.Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531071830
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.15 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)