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Go Track A Yak! Hardcover – July 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Zany pen-and-ink illustrations make a delightful accompaniment to Johnston's rambunctious text in this engaging picture book. Somewhere in the Himalayan Mountains, Mama and Papa shrilly bemoan their baby's stubborn refusal to eat. A witch materializes out of nowhere and instructs them to get some yak juice for the child. In exchange for this helpful advice, she expects her "heart's desire." ("She had no heart. She was a liar.") They impetuously agree, Papa successfully tracks a yak, and the infant grows fat and jolly on its milk. Eventually, the witch returns to collect her fee-"Give me the brat!"-but the loyal yak saves the day. Raglin uses perspective and space to good effect, which contributes considerably to the overall mood of the book. The art is finely detailed and imbued with personality. Repetitive key phrases crop up in big, boisterous typefaces throughout the story, begging for group participation. This fun-filled offering will make a sterling addition to most collections.
Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Tony Johnston is the beloved author of more than one hundred books for young readers. Her numerous award-winning books include Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella illustrated by James Warhola, The Iguana Brothers illustrated by Mark Teague, and The Quilt Story illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Tony lives with her family in San Marino, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Yak juice is yak milk!" It's hilarious, funny, sweet. Great bedtime or out-loud reading especially if you really get in to making funny voices for the characters. You get extra parent points for having this in your at-home library. Tony Johnston is a great children's author.
A small witch appears to gloat over knowing the solution & she doesn't have a lot of willpower bc the second they start their Boo-hoo-hoo! again she Shrieks STOP BLUBBERING & spills the beans - they need to go and track a yak bc yaks (milk) will stop the baby from starving.
The illustrations are fantastic and expressive, from the gloomy yak on the front cover to the dumpy little witch and goony kooky parents.
It is exceedingly silly, I promise you, and a delight to read aloud - especially if you specialise in crazy voices.
Your kids will shreik along and have great fun with the jolly text. Track a Yak!
But reading this book out loud to my family of boys -- I just don't get it. I can't seem to find the rhythm of the story. My kids liked saying "Boo Hoo Hoo," of course... but that's not enough to save the story.