In a rollicking barnyard tale designed to create noise, an inquisitive bovine wants to know why the other farm animals don’t moo. As the cheerful cow greets each creature, it urges each to moo: “Good morning, Duck. Say Moo! Say Moo! If I say Moo, why don’t you?” All around the farm, from sheep to horse, the animals patiently explain the unique sounds they make. Their cumulative responses form a rambunctious chorus, as each newcomer vocalizes its particular sound, the others join in with their own signature calls. It is Owl’s ingenious explanation that resolves the dilemma for the perplexed heifer. Phillips’s lively tempo keeps the pace moving, inexorably drawing readers along to the cacophonous conclusion. En route, readers gain an introduction to a bevy of familiar creatures and their calls. Young children can exuberantly join in, Old Macdonald–style, on the chorus. The large figures of the animals in Lamut’s lush oil paintings are finely detailed and realistically rendered. Included in each spread is an additional, smaller illustration done in soft pastels depicting the featured animal’s favorite habitat: a grassy field (sheep) or a hollowed-out tree on a moonlit night (owl). These illustrations are framed by the animal’s sounds; e.g., “quack, quack, quack” . . . surrounds the duck picture. The overall effect offers readers plenty of learning opportunities while having fun. A boisterous tale featuring some preschool favorites that will have most read-aloud sessions sounding like a bustling farm. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 3, 2000

ISBN: 0-688-16802-7

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2000

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A young boy wonders aloud to a rabbit friend what he will be when he grows up and imagines some outrageous choices. “Puddle stomper,” “bubble gum popper,” “mixing-bowl licker,” “baby-sis soother” are just some of the 24 inspiringly creative vocations Spinelli’s young dreamer envisions in this pithy rhymed account. Aided by Liao’s cleverly integrated full-bleed mixed-media illustrations, which radiate every hue of the rainbow, and dynamic typesetting with words that swoop and dive, the author’s perspective on this adult-inspired question yields some refreshingly child-oriented answers. Given such an irresistible array of options—“So many jobs! / They’re all such fun”—the boy in the end decides, in an exuberant double gatefold, “I’m going to choose… / EVERY ONE!”—a conclusion befitting a generation expected to have more than six careers each. Without parents or peers around to corral this carefree child’s dreams, the possibilities of being whatever one wants appear both limitless and attainable. An inspired take on a timeless question. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-316-16226-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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Today Carmelita visits her Abuela Rosa, but to get there she must walk. Down Ninth Avenue she strolls with her mother and dog. Colorful shops and congenial neighbors greet them along the way, and at each stop Carmelita says hello—in Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and more. With a friendly “Jambo” for Joseph, a “Bonjour” at the bakery and an affectionate “Hey” for Max and Angel, the pig-tailed girl happily exercises her burgeoning multilingual skills. Her world is a vibrant community, where neighborliness, camaraderie and culture are celebrated. Isadora’s collaged artwork, reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats, contains lovely edges and imperfections, which abet the feeling of an urban environment. Skillfully, she draws with her scissors, the cut-paper elements acting as her line work. Everything has a texture and surface, and with almost no solid colors, the city street is realized as a real, organic place. Readers will fall for the sociable Carmelita as they proudly learn a range of salutations, and the artist’s rich environment, packed with hidden details and charming animals, will delight readers with each return visit. Simply enchanting. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-399-25230-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2010

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