The dinosaurs may make this a minor storytime hit, but more and juicier twists on the song abound. E-I-E-I-Bleh.



Outsized new livestock drive the familiar farmyard sing-along residents into a tizzy.

Entirely a one-trick pony, this umpteenth “Old MacDonald” spinoff wedges dinosaurs into the barnyard and lyric with little visible effort to make them fit: “Old MacDino had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! / And on this farm he had a… / DIPLODOCUS! / (dih-PLOD-uh-kus) / E-I-E-I-O!” (or, at the end of the verse, “E-I-E-I-Argh!”). In the cartoon illustration, overalls-clad MacDino—white, wide-eyed, and open-mouthed—stands and rather superfluously points at a huge green dino that is chowing down on a pile of hay as cattle and poultry hang around watching. Likewise, a pterodactyl (TARE-uh-DACK-tul) zooms in with a “Swoosh! Swoosh! here, / and a Swoosh! Swoosh! there,” a stegosaurus stomps along and (literally) upsets the apple cart, and a smiling velociraptor charges a herd of smiling sheep as the (smiling) sheepdog heads in the opposite direction. Finally a purple T. Rex comes charging out of the gray (or pink or blue, depending on the picture) barn with a “Roar! Roar!” and prompts everyone to “E-I-E-I-RUN!

The dinosaurs may make this a minor storytime hit, but more and juicier twists on the song abound. E-I-E-I-Bleh. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-68010-063-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2017

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The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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Bet you can’t make this goose smile, no matter how hard you try.

TV personality Kimmel’s first foray into picture books presents a feathered grump with a scowl that is proof against any kind of foolery: Try putting a chicken on her head, dressing her as a moose, or even trucking in a snail pizza—this goose won’t crack. Breaking now and again into verse, he challenges readers to give it a try in a foil mirror: “Cluck like a chicken / moo like a cow / be doofy, be goofy / any way you know how”—and sure enough, eventually a grin bursts out to replace the grimace despite a multipage struggle to hold it in, and off prances the goose in a pair of (gender-bending) tighty whities. Yes, she’s become “a SILLY goose (thanks to you),” the narrator proclaims, and what’s more, “YOU are a silly kid.” A hand-lettered narrative in block printing big enough to take up most of the space accompanies thick-lined cartoon views of a goosey glare that dares readers to crank up the volume, and the last page turn reveals a final tweak that may add a few grown-up voices to the younger chorus of giggles.

The goose is all that’s serious here…and that not for long. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Dec. 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-70775-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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