Wake up, Big Barn

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A gorgeous first picture book which demands to be read aloud by an exciting new author/illustrator about a rowdy and rollicking farm.

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Overview


A gorgeous first picture book which demands to be read aloud by an exciting new author/illustrator about a rowdy and rollicking farm.

Suzanne Chitwood's show stopping, eye-popping art style is bound to be the buzz of the season. Drawn in a classical style and "painted" in papers and other materials from top-secret sources, Suzanne's mud-bathing piggies, wiggling weather vanes, be-bop frogs, and groovy owl appear to emerge from the pages of the book. And her musical text features onomatopoeic sounds and funky rhythms that make this book perfect for reading aloud.

Rhyming text describes a rowdy rollicking farm where piggies love a mud bath, farm frogs rock hop, and Owl's on the night shift, shooby, hooby, hoo!

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A busy barn comes to life through a series of invigorating torn-paper collages. "Wake up, Big Barn!" A large red rooster, set against an expanse of white, cock-a-doodle-doos across a two-page spread. Other animals are introduced: the mule hee-haws; the cow moos; the pigs, enjoying a mud bath, oink. Other farm elements are noisy, too--the tractor chugs, and the cherries ping as they fall to the ground. Although the book follows activities on the farm through the day, children might not be aware of the passage of time until night falls. They may also find a few of the collages too sophisticated for easy recognition. But for the most part, Chitwood's artwork, bursting with life, is both remarkable for its skill and on target for the audience. Use this in toddler story hours. Listeners will have fun making farm noises, and the art looks even better from a distance than it does from close up.--Booklist, February 2002

A rhyming celebration of the barnyard for the toddler set-haven't we seen this before? Bright, striking collages set against an expanse of white background depict the denizens of yet another barnyard. Newcomer Tanner's cut- and torn-paper figures are big and bold and highly textured-almost better for group sharing than one-on-one, as distance pulls the bits of paper into a cohesive whole. A bright red rooster crows with such energy that he sets his feathers flying, and a quintet of frogs dance on the rocks. The text takes an active role in the illustration, capering across the page with abandon. Unfortunately, the text can't support the illustrations: a forced rhyme comments on each individual spread with no attempt to create any kind of narrative, so the reader gets a disconnected string of animals and objects. Largely onomatopoetic, in order to be understood as rhyme, the text also demands to be read at a clip that shortchanges both the illustrations and the very young children who are this offering's natural audience. Buy a copy of Fleming's Barnyard Banter instead, and hope for a more original and successful marriage of text and illustration in the talented artist's next outing.--Kirkus Reviews, March 15th 2002
Extraordinary paper-collage illustrations wake up a familiar subject for children's books-a sunup to sundown day on the farm. Using assorted patterns and hues from catalog pages, Chitwood creates vibrant roosters, muddy pigs, metallic weather vanes, hungry horses, and fully flared peacocks. The spare, rhythmical text is fresh and lively and includes lines such as: "Wiggle, wiggle weather vane, windy day" and "Hip-hop, bebop, farm frogs rock hop!" Children will be drawn in by the dramatic bright shapes intensified by white backgrounds and amused by the animated creatures populating the barnyard. Observant youngsters will be fascinated by the fragments of letters and numbers and the huge variety of patterns that emerge when the illustrations are examined closely. A great nonsensical bedtime book with artistic flare.--School Library Journal, April 2002
"Wake up, Big Barn!/ Cock-a-doodle-doo!/ Piggies love/ a mud bath./ Hee-haw, hee-haw!/ Moo, moo, moo!" In her debut picture book Chitwood (a former art teacher) charts the daily flow of farm life with rhythmic, onomatopoeic text. But it's her dynamic torn-paper collage that really makes an impression. A red rooster crafted out of images recycled from the pages of clothing catalogues and magazines, for example, flaunts feathers of dress plaids, fleece and autumnal foliage. Later, a peacock's blue plumage (featuring blue-and-white checks, a traditional floral motif and a blue-and-yellow Hawaiian print) fans out from its small body, which appears to be rendered from a swatch of knitted wool. The overall compositions, comprised of many tiny details, remain balanced and electric. In the final spread, close inspection reveals zippers, seams and catalogue copy in yellow barn doors ("Good night,/ Big Barn!/ Good night, you!") This sure-fi

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"Wake up, Big Barn!/ Cock-a-doodle-doo!/ Piggies love/ a mud bath./ Hee-haw, hee-haw!/ Moo, moo, moo!" In her debut picture book Chitwood (a former art teacher) charts the daily flow of farm life with rhythmic, onomatopoeic text. But it's her dynamic torn-paper collage that really makes an impression. A red rooster crafted out of images recycled from the pages of clothing catalogues and magazines, for example, flaunts feathers of dress plaids, fleece and autumnal foliage. Later, a peacock's blue plumage (featuring blue-and-white checks, a traditional floral motif and a blue-and-yellow Hawaiian print) fans out from its small body, which appears to be rendered from a swatch of knitted wool. The overall compositions, comprised of many tiny details, remain balanced and electric. In the final spread, close inspection reveals zippers, seams and catalogue copy in yellow barn doors ("Good night,/ Big Barn!/ Good night, you!") This sure-fire read aloud, with Chitwood's musical beat accompanied by stimulating illustrations, will get kids grooving. An auspicious beginning. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Suzanne Tanner Chitwood's first picture book is a celebration of bright color and farm life. She uses mixed media such as pictures from her husband's old catalogues to create vibrant, eye-catching renditions of familiar barnyard creatures. Thus, the rooster is all red, but with some plaid and folded fabric. The pigs are pink and brown, but include some letters amidst the dirt. The magnificent peacock seems all blue and yellow, but includes floral, checked, and bold "feathers." Chitwood's images express action and excitement as she chronicles the day-to-day happenings from the morning's rooster crowing to the daylight activities of the many farm residents to the night's owl hooting. What starts out "Good morning" ends up "Good night" in this satisfying book sure to be enjoyed by many young children. 2002, Scholastic,
— Heidi Green
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Extraordinary paper-collage illustrations wake up a familiar subject for children's books-a sunup to sundown day on the farm. Using assorted patterns and hues from catalog pages, Chitwood creates vibrant roosters, muddy pigs, metallic weather vanes, hungry horses, and fully flared peacocks. The spare, rhythmical text is fresh and lively and includes lines such as: "Wiggle, wiggle weather vane, windy day" and "Hip-hop, bebop, farm frogs rock hop!" Children will be drawn in by the dramatic bright shapes intensified by white backgrounds and amused by the animated creatures populating the barnyard. Observant youngsters will be fascinated by the fragments of letters and numbers and the huge variety of patterns that emerge when the illustrations are examined closely. A great nonsensical bedtime book with artistic flare.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rhyming celebration of the barnyard for the toddler set-haven't we seen this before? Bright, striking collages set against an expanse of white background depict the denizens of yet another barnyard. Newcomer Tanner's cut- and torn-paper figures are big and bold and highly textured-almost better for group sharing than one-on-one, as distance pulls the bits of paper into a cohesive whole. A bright red rooster crows with such energy that he sets his feathers flying, and a quintet of frogs dance on the rocks. The text takes an active role in the illustration, capering across the page with abandon. Unfortunately, the text can't support the illustrations: a forced rhyme comments on each individual spread with no attempt to create any kind of narrative, so the reader gets a disconnected string of animals and objects. Largely onomatopoetic, in order to be understood as rhyme, the text also demands to be read at a clip that shortchanges both the illustrations and the very young children who are this offering's natural audience. Buy a copy of Fleming's Barnyard Banter instead, and hope for a more original and successful marriage of text and illustration in the talented artist's next outing. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439266277
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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