COCK-A-DOODLE-POO! by Steve Smallman

COCK-A-DOODLE-POO!

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This farm is really full of…poo.

“Down on the farm there’s a terrible smell. / (The cow is pooping and the sheep as well!)” Farmer Jill, a woman of color with dark, curly hair, doesn’t mind; it’s “good for the land!” Rooster, however, wishes he could soar above all the stink on the ground—but he can’t fly. When Farmer Jill returns from town with straightened hair and someone poops on her new hairdo, the “cock-a-doodle-dooooo” that preceded it leads everyone to suspect Rooster. But Hen points out that he can’t fly. After showering, Farmer Jill finds her underpants have been stolen from the clothesline. Rooster feels guilty, as he’d made a catapult with the stolen panties in order to “fly,” and it was he who’d accidentally doodied on Jill. To himself he vows only to “fly” at night in case of future incontinence. When Fox raids the henhouse, Rooster uses his superpooper to unleash a cloaca-clearing cannonade of cock-a-doodle-poo on Fox’s head. The whole farm cheers his poopy performance. Smallman’s rhyming tale of mystery and derring-poo will definitely elicit giggles (and offend a few), but some extra words knock the meter off kilter in several places, and Rooster never faces the music for his odoriferous misdeeds. The colorful, cartoon illustrations of expressive animals are a plus, however.

A candidate for No. 2 on the list for scatological storytimes. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68010-080-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2018




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