From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-- Adam the bull gets mad one quiet Easter day in Sweden and breaks out of his stall for a rampage around the barnyard, and people come from miles around to watch. No one can calm him, not even the kindly farmhand, Svensson, until a seven-year-old boy calms the animal by scratching him between the horns. Lindgren's narrative is tepid and remote--little more than an embroidered anecdote; her text is readable, but undistinguished. Tornqvist's watercolor illustrations are detailed, interesting, and well placed; it's too bad that their quality is not matched by the story. --Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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From Kirkus Reviews
Why the prize bull should be in a rage and break out on Easter morning is a mystery; people from miles around gather to see what will happen next. Among them is Karl, seven, who watches while the bull rips his owner's Sunday trousers, listens to the anxious men discuss what should be done, and then--in a tender, persistent little voice--offers to scratch Adam between his horns. Adam accepts, docilely letting Karl lead him back into the barn. In the end, what matters isn't the cause of Adam's outbreak but the pleasurable excitement it causes--pungently described in Lindgren's amusingly precise text--and the peaceful resolution of the barnyard contretemps by the little ``Swedish bullfighter.'' Trnqvist visualizes these farm folk in lovely watercolors, recalling Barbara Cooney in their careful attention to design, authentic detail, and animated characterizations; Lucas's carefully honed translation is unusually felicitous. In every way, a delightful vignette. (Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.