MOO, MOO, CHEW, CHEW by Jennifer Shand

MOO, MOO, CHEW, CHEW

Sounds From the Farm
From the "Tough to Tear" series
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Age Range: 2 - 4
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Printed on tear-proof pages, this offering presents a barnyard guessing games using aural and onomatopoeic clues.

“Did you hear that?” This opening query is printed in white on a solid black double-page spread. Next is another two pages listing sounds made by one farmyard critter: “I hear moo, moo, moo, and chew, chew, chew….” The page turn reveals that a large brown cow is making these noises while chewing its cud in a wide, flower-strewn field. This pattern is repeated six more times with “squealing and snorting” pigs, “honking and waddling” geese, a whinnying, trotting horse, and more. Vagnozzi’s friendly cartoon creatures steal the show in what looks to be a computer-assisted mélange of pen-and-ink drawings, painted swaths of color, and samplings of natural textures. Shand’s text, while playful and chock-full of vocabulary-building words, may prove a challenge for adult readers to get through without practice. Billed as a “transition” to take little readers from board books to picture books, the book has tear-resistant pages. However, they will wrinkle, and their thinness may make them a challenge for young, developing fingers to manipulate. The project ends with a speculation-prompting cliffhanger on the final two pages that reads: “Wait… / Did you hear that?”

A toddler-friendly and playful barnyard ballyhoo. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4867-1583-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Flowerpot Press
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