A colourful farmyard story to "Moo!", "Baa!" and "Quack!" along to.
Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb are prolific children's writers, perhaps explained by the fact that they have a little girl and boy themselves. Sophie teaches young children and uses her stories in lessons. Ivor used to be a teacher but is now a scriptwriter for television and radio, having also written a children's book on football for Dorling Kindersley and four Unexplained titles for Macdonald Young Books. Ailie Busby was born in London and grew up in Corby, Northamptonshire. She studied graphic design at Nene College, illustration at East Anglia Polytechnic in Cambridge and printmaking at Chelsea and Westminster College. Ailie's wonderfully observant eye and her sense of humour bring great charm and fun to her illustrations. She has previously been published by Orion, Egmont and Scholastic and titles include Hey, Diddle Diddle, Rosie's Zoo and Christmas is Coming, as well as the successful large format nursery rhyme book, Time for a Rhyme. She lives in Newcastle with her husband and two young children.
PreS-K-Baby Rooster is having a difficult time finding the right phrase to use to wake up the farm. After he asks the pigs what they say, he tries "cock-a-doodle-oink-oink!" to no avail. He learns each animal's sound and incorporates it into his wake-up call, but nothing works. The wise old owl advises him to listen very carefully the next morning, and then he will know what to say. Baby Rooster follows the owl's suggestion and hears the appropriate call. His delivery is not so accurate at first, and he gives out with "cock-a-noodle-noo!" "cock-a-poodle-poo!" before he hits upon the iconic cry and the desired result. Children will giggle at and identify with Baby Rooster's silly bumblings. Busby's full-page cartoons in colorful acrylics lightheartedly reflect the buoyant text. While the ever-popular mixed-up rooster story has been done many times, this title could serve as a replacement for out-of-print variants.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"This will be a sure hit with nursery and reception children" The School Librarian