Click, Clack, Quack to School

By: Doreen Cronin

Illustrator: Betsy Lewin

Full-color watercolor illustrations.

ISBN: 9781534414495

JLG Release: Sep 2018


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Topics: Domestic animals , Schools , Behavior , Farmers , Humorous stories , School and education , Farm animals , Onomatopoeia

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School Library Journal

Farmer Brown and his barnyard companions are back in the latest addition to the much-loved series. This time around, Farmer Brown and the animals are invited to Farm Day Lunch at Dinkelmeyer Elementary School. Farmer Brown can’t wait, and sets off to prepare the cows, chickens, and pigs, all of whom are excited because they’ve never been to sch Farmer Brown and his barnyard companions are back in the latest addition to the much-loved series. This time around, Farmer Brown and the animals are invited to Farm Day Lunch at Dinkelmeyer Elementary School. Farmer Brown can’t wait, and sets off to prepare the cows, chickens, and pigs, all of whom are excited because they’ve never been to school. Farmer Brown, however, makes sure they all know that school is very quiet, serious, and calm, and that there is to be no stomping, clomping, or mooing; no snapping, clapping, or clucking; and no hooting, hollering, or oinking. To Duck, whom he finds meditating, Farmer Brown admonishes, “‘And try not to be so Duck-y.’” On the day of their visit, everyone piles silently into Farmer Brown’s truck and waits quietly in the school yard upon arriving. When the bell rings for recess, the children spill onto the playground in a riot of sound and activity, and the animals all join in the fun—except for the mice, who “read graphic novels in the shade.” As in previous entries in the series, Cronin’s simple text and repeated refrains invite readers to participate in the story, and Lewin’s watercolor illustrations are as expressive and amusing as ever. VERDICT A breezy back-to-school offering, this title will be welcome where other books in the series are popular.–Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA

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Farmer Brown and his friends (Click, Clack, Moo, rev. 3/00, and sequels) return in this “quack”-to-school adventure. Thrilled that the local elementary school wants him and the barn animals to visit, Farmer Brown preps everyone. The cows, chickens, and pigs are all equally excited—none of them has ever been to school—and they stomp, clomp, Farmer Brown and his friends (Click, Clack, Moo, rev. 3/00, and sequels) return in this “quack”-to-school adventure. Thrilled that the local elementary school wants him and the barn animals to visit, Farmer Brown preps everyone. The cows, chickens, and pigs are all equally excited—none of them has ever been to school—and they stomp, clomp, cluck, hoot, and holler. Farmer Brown quells the enthusiasm with stern warnings: school is a quiet and serious affair, and there will be none of that boisterousness. (To Duck, who is meditating, Farmer Brown merely advises: “Try not to be so Duck-y.”) But a riotous surprise awaits: when the measured pace of this story meets the school’s recess bell, chaos ensues, and humans and animals alike happily run amok—though the mice kick back to read some graphic novels and Duck takes a seat at the principal’s desk. The text uses sound effects and repetition effectively (Farmer Brown’s visit to each type of animal includes the same announcement, excited response, warning, and disappointment), and Lewin’s expressive, relaxed-line watercolors add up to a story that will especially entertain readers who squirm in classroom seats, ready to cut loose on the playground. The final spread lays out the school rules, which include the usual (“Be kind”) and the less-so (“Don’t eat the paste”). Funny and exuberant, this is a welcome addition to the stack of stories featuring these enduring characters. julie danielson

Book Details

ISBN

9781534414495

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10" x 7 3/4"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Domestic animals, Schools, Behavior, Farmers, Humorous stories, School and education, Farm animals, Onomatopoeia,

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