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COCK-A-DOODLE MOOOO! by Keith DuQuette

COCK-A-DOODLE MOOOO!

A Mixed-Up Menagerie

By Keith DuQuette (Author) , Keith DuQuette (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 11

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-399-23889-1
Publisher: Putnam

Between portraits of a griffin, cockatrice, and other portmanteau creatures from world folklore, DuQuette sandwiches a dozen big, precisely detailed, fanciful hybrids of his own, from a furred-and-feathered “Cooster” (cow rooster) perched on a—fortunately sturdy—fence rail, to a coterie of fluffy pink “Squoodles” (squid poodle) drifting elegantly through turquoise waters. Each creation comes with pocket-sized portraits of its antecedents, plus a rib-tickling rhymed caption: combine a parrot with a gorilla, and, “ ‘Parilla wants a banana.’ / ‘Parilla wants a bunch.’ / And then he wants your breakfast, / and then he wants your lunch!” Taking Ellen Stern’s pedestrian I Saw a Bullfrog (2003) to the next level, each visual element here blends smoothly, ingeniously, into the next. Not only does this make an inviting lead-in to Peter Sís’s similar flights of fancy in Jack Prelutsky’s Scranimals (2002), but may well induce young viewers to take up DuQuette’s invitation, and craft a few “mythical” animals of their own. (Picture book. 7-11)