From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–A rollicking story about a rooster that is a little smarter than the average barnyard animal. Farmer Nuthatcher's chickens are tired of their regular feed, and it just so happens that the rooster has been watching cooking shows over the farmer's wife's shoulder. He has some ideas, beginning with chips and salsa. Soon the ducks are inspired and give up fish for guacamole, and the pigs go for beans and chiles. With all of this southwestern cuisine, it's time for a fiesta. It turns out, though, that Mrs. Nuthatcher is making tamales, and all of the ingredients the animals need are gone, so it's time for a new cuisine–from a French cookbook. This story is a fun read, with a refrain and a smooth pattern. Bogan's humorous illustrations keep the action moving, and the pages are filled with saturated color and energy. A definite purchase for any library.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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"Reynolds punctuates his wry, snappy text with the kind of knowing, running jokes that kids love, while Bogan’s fiesta-bright comic watercolors evoke the spirit of vintage Warner Bros. animation (astute readers will also note that the barnyard mice seem to be the suppliers of the harder-to-find ingredients)." ---Publishers Weekly
"Bogan's big cartoon scenes capture the increasing excitement, as well as the general bliss brought on by plenty of pre-fiesta snacking." --Kirkus Reviews
"This story is a fun read, with a refrain and a smooth pattern. Bogan’s humorous illustrations keep the action moving, and the pages are filled with saturated color and energy. A definite purchase for any library." --School Library Journal
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