PreSchool-K—The barnyard animals are playing with a red ball that accidentally rolls into the doghouse. Who's going to get it out? Mouse says Cow is big, brave, and strong, and must go first. Cow goes in but does not come out. Pig tries next, as Mouse deems him smart, wise, and stinky. Pig takes offense at the "stinky" designation, but proceeds into the doghouse. Pig does not return either. Duck, as the loudest, goes next—and disappears just like the others. The only one left outside, Mouse timidly calls out, "Can't you come out, Duck?"—upon which Dog appears in the doorway and says, "No! Because I am having duck for dinner." Mouse assumes the worst, but the last spread shows all the animals inside the dog's house sitting down to a meal. Mouse joins the party on the endpapers, just in time for dessert. The simple cartoon characters, scenery, and dialogue balloons are outlined in thick, bold lines. Colors are smooth and flat, with backgrounds done in bright blues, purple, and lime green. The pictures are large and distinct, and will work well with a group. The joke is an old one, but it's always new to kids just beginning to understand wordplay.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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My preschool kids loved this book! I had to read it 3 times when we got it. Of course, the great pictures, along with my matching voices, didn't hurt any.Published 5 months ago by Karen
This book made me laugh! Very witty author. The story is not for toddlers, it is for elementary school-aged children. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beachsandals
This book was 5-star for me, but my just 3-year old granddaughter was terrified! Even after the happy ending, she still won't let me read the story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mass Shopper
A suspense filled rhyming book-that is also funny. My class enjoys this Jan Thomas book too.
The ending is always anticipated- and 'read' along .
My daughter has me read this story to her at least 10 times a day. In fact she's handing it to me right now!Published 19 months ago by beth tindall
I used this book with my class. I used the book to predict what will happen next and just for fun. Kids loved the book!Published on June 17, 2013 by Kristina Gruenheid