Kevin O'Malley is going for joke with a tongue-and-chicken barn yarn that's sure to appeal to fans of his New York Times bestseller, Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. Turning the Grimm's fairy tale The Brementown Musicians on its funny bone, O'Malley has revised the classic story of four animals who part ways with their respective farmers to explore their artistic sides, this time sending them in search of belly laughs . . . and a great location for a comedy club. When they foil a band of robbers using their joke-telling talents, the animalsincluding one determined comedi-henfinally prove they can kill the crowd with laughter.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.04(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.47(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chicken, Cow, Dog and Cat are being mistreated by their owners and dream of opening their own Comedy Club to perform in. As they're on their journey to freedom they run into an abandoned house that robbers are hiding in. The robbers leave to hit the bank but upon their return find the animals there. The animals tell jokes but the robbers only hear the animal noises and run off. Then the animals open up their own comedy club. Throughout the entire book there are hilarious jokes and puns. The cat who makes mixed-up Christmas songs is probably my favorite. I thought the book was hilariously charming. I think it would even be enjoyed by adults. It kind of compares to the humor seen in the latest Pixar movies and those like Shrek where the adult and child humor are on two very different levels. I really like this book and recommend it to those who have a sense of humor. :)
This adaptation of Grimm's Brementown Musicians is hilarious! Four animal characters set off to form a comedy club, cracking jokes along the way. ("The farmer I worked for was so dumb, he plowed his field with a steamroller because he wanted mashed potatoes.") This would make a fun read-aloud at home or in a primary classroom with Native English speakers.
This story is a very humorous takeoff on the Bremen Town Musicians. In this version we have four animals that want to be comedians. The story starts off with the Hen who doesn¿t want to lay eggs. Then we meet the dog who won¿t keep watch over the sheep, the cat that won¿t catch mice and the cow that won¿t make milk all because they want to tell jokes. They run off together to start a comedy club. Before they have gone very far they pass an old house where some robbers were eating and making plans to rob a bank. When the robbers leave the animals go in the house and eat the food. They fall asleep and wake up when the robbers come back. They scare the robbers who flee the scene. The four friends then use the old house to make their comedy club and do to shows a night.This was a very original takeoff on a well-loved folktale. I especially like the end papers at the front and back of the book. They give the reader a taste of what is to come. The illustrations are very well done. They remind me of a comic strip with the way the animal are drawn and the colors the illustrator uses.
Punny, punny stuff. O'Malley retells the fairy tale, The Bremen Town Musicians, using as many groan-producing jokes as he can wrangle into a single picture book. A chicken who longs to be a stand-up comedi(hen)ne flies the coop after her farmer issues an ultimatum: lay eggs or FRYday, your goose is cooked (so to speak.) She hits the road (rather than crossing it) and encounters a dog, a cat, and a cow who share her dream of comedic stardom. Hilarity ensues. O'Malley is a talented illustrator -- the artwork here has an almost photorealistic quality that gives this supremely silly story a gritty counterpoint. Not hard to predict what most kids will say when you get to the last page: READ IT AGAIN!