From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–The farmyard is aflutter as the cows that type return with new correspondence. Youngsters will soon realize that they invited all of their animal friends, including Duck, to a picnic. The alphabetical adventure begins as the Animals awake and ends 25 letters later with them peacefully snoring Zzzzzzzz…. In between there is plenty of fun as Duck pulls the Mice munching in a red wagon, Rain threatens, and X marks the picnic spot. Once again, this author-illustrator team works in perfect harmony to create a colorful and funny story with highly expressive animals. It's sure to delight Duck's many fans, and there's a distinct possibility that this adventure will have more appeal to preschoolers than the original story that inspired it.–Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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PreS. The team that did the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
(2000), and its sequel, Giggle, Giggle Quack
(2002), use the same farmyard slapstick to tell a simple alphabet adventure. "Animals awake beneath blue blankets." Cows clickety clack on the old typewriter. Then there's "Duck dashing, eggs emptying . . . goats grooming, hens helping," and so on. What's going on? Suspense builds until "X
marks the picnic spot," where the animals have fun, then yawn, and finally catch some Z's. Young preschoolers will learn the alphabet sounds as they act out the animal bedlam and point to the silly scenarios in the uproarious cartoons. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved