Animal Crackers Fly the Coop

By: Kevin Oâ??Malley

This silly take on the Grimms' classic The Brementown Musicians stars a comedi-hen who's sick of working for chicken feed, a dog who does stand-up instead of chasing foxes, a cat-erwauler with no knack for claw enforcement, and a punning cow suffering from Milk of Amnesia. How do these creatures like their eggs? Funny side up! Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780802798374

JLG Release: May 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Jokes , Farmers , Chickens , Dogs , Cows , Cats

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Awards & Honors

Best Books 2010: Picture Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

When a chicken who prefers cracking jokes to laying eggs sets out to follow her dream of becoming a stand-up “comedi-hen,” she and three other pun-pulling new friends run afoul of robbers before finding their funny-ever-after fortune. O’Malley’s slapstick send-up of “The Brementown Musicians” percolates with e

When a chicken who prefers cracking jokes to laying eggs sets out to follow her dream of becoming a stand-up “comedi-hen,” she and three other pun-pulling new friends run afoul of robbers before finding their funny-ever-after fortune. O’Malley’s slapstick send-up of “The Brementown Musicians” percolates with eye-rolling one-liners and endearingly antic cartoons.

Horn Book

Following her dream to be a "comedi-hen," Hen meets Dog, Cat, and Cow along the way. In this cornpone parody of "The Bremen Town Musicians," the quartet scares thieves away from an old farmhouse and opens a comedy club. Pun follows pun, and jokes appear within the story, in conversational balloons, and on the endpapers. Visual humor complements the Following her dream to be a "comedi-hen," Hen meets Dog, Cat, and Cow along the way. In this cornpone parody of "The Bremen Town Musicians," the quartet scares thieves away from an old farmhouse and opens a comedy club. Pun follows pun, and jokes appear within the story, in conversational balloons, and on the endpapers. Visual humor complements the verbal slapstick.

Junior Library Guild


• A high-energy paean to cornball humor.
• Non-stop puns make this a good classroom addition to units on homophones, homonyms, and figures of speech.
• Finely textured, naturalistic drawings make the assorted animals’ exaggerated expressions that much more rib-tickling.

• A high-energy paean to cornball humor.
• Non-stop puns make this a good classroom addition to units on homophones, homonyms, and figures of speech.
• Finely textured, naturalistic drawings make the assorted animals’ exaggerated expressions that much more rib-tickling.

Book Details

ISBN

9780802798374

First Release

May 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8 1/2” x 11”

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Walker

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Jokes, Farmers, Chickens, Dogs, Cows, Cats,

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