From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4 Grab your overalls, Old MacDonald, and step aside for Young MacDonald, a lab-coated techno genius who is going to make some changes on the farm. As the livestock curiously gaze on, the aspiring Dr. Frankenstein constructs his mysterious gizmo in the barn. The boy places a horse and a pig on the platform and before you can say Ee-i-ee-i-o, he turns them into a Hig…With an Oink-Neigh here,/And an Oink-Neigh there…. The animals are amused and astounded as the youngster creates skateboarding Deese (Hee-Honk), a swimming Shicken (Baak-Baa), a plane-flying Muck (Quack-Squeak), and a polo-playing Cowl (Moo-Hoo). However, the experiment goes awry when Young MacDonald steps onto the platform with his dog and the mischievous cat throws the switch (oops!). The creatures roll with laughter at the sight of the resulting Bog (Oops-Arf). As his parents arrive home with pizza, the boy quickly makes things right and everyone settles down to eat. The lyrics are great fun and have lots of wordplay. Milgrim's simple, muted cartoons of modern-day life on the farm hit just the right note. Filled with silly humor, this zesty rendition of a traditional favorite will have wide appeal. Pair it with Lenny Hort's The Seals on the Bus
(Holt, 2000) for a laugh-out-loud sing-along. Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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PreS-Gr. 1. Times change, even down on the farm. When the inventive young MacDonald lad builds a new gizmo in the old barn, it enables him to combine familiar animals in novel ways. One zap turns a horse and a pig into a "Hig." Delighted, the boy carries on, blending donkeys and geese, sheep and chickens, mice and ducks, and cows and owls--creating a mapcap scene of gamboling deese, shickens, mucks, and cowls. Finally, the boy and his dog, newly combined into a boy-bodied, dog-headed "bog," round up the critters and put everything right. Substituting new words for the familiar lyrics of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," the text cries out to be sung rather than read aloud. In scene after scene of chaotic fun, the clean lines and flat colors of the digitally assisted artwork brim with energy and comedy. The resolution restores calm to child-centered silliness, providing a little joke for older kids who may be looking on: boy and dog end the day curled in bed beside a book entitled Cloning
. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved