From School Library Journal
PreS?The title of this slight picture book tells the whole story. However, youngsters will no doubt enjoy the simply related scenario featuring the basic cast of farm characters. The repetitive phrases, predictable plot progression, just a bit of tension, and satisfying resolution are all age appropriate. Wickstrom's pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations are animated and bright. The expressions on the animals' faces are particularly amusing, especially the wide-eyed and bewildered rooster who can't figure out where his "cock-a-doodle-doo" has gone. A romantic, stylized look at a familiar bucolic setting where, as the final page reads "...all was right with the world."?Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI
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Ages 5-7. The rooster starts everything working quite efficiently on his farm. One day, however, as he opens his beak to crow, a bee flies in front of him and "scares the cock-a-doodle-doo right out of him." Helped by his barnyard friends, he searches for his voice, but he doesn't find it again until he must defend threatened chicks from a fox. Wickstrom's brightly colored illustrations carry the story. The character of the rooster is especially distinctive: the bird looks so frightened and anxious when his voice disappears that he'll round up a lot of audience concern. Mary Harris Veeder