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Old MacDonald Had a Dragon Hardcover – October 9, 2012

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The farmer who starts singing the old familiar song has a dragon. At the mention of the giant beast, the traditional barnyard residents start complaining. The cow is first, “I’ve got a beef with you.” She threatens to leave if the dragon stays and is swallowed up by the fire-breathing creature. The pig, the sheep, and the dog meet the same fate. Up to this point, the farmer has defended his new addition, but losing the dog makes him confront the dragon, and he is also swallowed. Inside the beast’s stomach, the farmer and all the animals start a rousing chorus of “E-I-E-I-Os,” and they are all ejected. “‘Terrible tummy ache’, howled the dragon.” He takes off and leaves the farmer, the animals, and the song back in its standard form. There is a lot of clever wordplay here. After the dragon swallows the sheep, he quips, “Marvelous mutton.” The digitally created illustrations feature expressive faces and plenty of action. The background is light blue in all the scenes, but the pictures and the characters are varied in size throughout the story, which makes the journey fun. Children are sure to enjoy this amusing twist on the classic song.–School Library Journal

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“Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.” That’s the beginning of the traditional verse in which farm animals are introduced, one by one. But when Farmer MacDonald acquires a dragon, all the farm animals are alarmed and disappear, one by one. Utah author Ken Baker gives a new twist to an old nonsense song with a sudden conclusion that will assuredly bring giggles and demands to “read it again!” The clever script is laced with puns, such as the cow having a “beef” with Old MacDonald, who retorts that the animal is “bull-headed.” Reading aloud is a must to catch the delicious alliterations in which the “dragon wilted its wings and waddled away,” or “With a lick of its lips and a flash of fire, it flapped its wings and flew away….” Flashy, bold, digitally rendered cartoon-like artwork captures the humor and carries the story through a fresh new version that will delight young listeners who may want to sing and act out the whole adventure. --Marilou Sorensen  Deseret News, October 6, 2012
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761461752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761461753
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rachel McElhany VINE VOICE on November 18, 2012
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In Old MacDonald Had a Dragon, the farmer has a dragon who systematically swallows up the other farm animals when they complain that a dragon has no place on a farm.

The illustrations in this book are bright and colorful. The story was silly and I personally didn't find it terribly original. However, my six and eight year old boys both gave it a thumbs up and said they thought it was funny. It also taught them some new expressions, which may or may not be a good thing: dog-gone, two-bit and having a "beef" with someone.

And don't worry (SPOILER ALERT) - everyone gets burped out of the dragon in the end and avoids permanent injury.
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My boys love this book. The author did a wonderful job incorporating a well loved children's song with something most kids love, dragons. The pictures are bright and colorful, and the repetition in the wording allowed my kids to participate in the reading, which they love to do. Overall, this is a great kids book!
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My 3 year old son is obsessed with this book. I'm not a fan.

Basically, the dragon eats a bunch of farm animals and the farmer doesn't care. Then the dragon eats the dog. At that point, the farmer gets mad and yells at the dragon to give him back the dragon, and he kicks him in the snout (i usually don't say this sentence because it teaches kicking). The dragon then eats the farmer. The farmer doesn't mind and starts singing inside the dragon's belly, at which point the dragon "burps" out the farmer and all the animals (gross). The dragon then flies away forever.

It's a fairly large book in height/width and has paper pages (well, a little thicker and glossier than regular). The illustrations are cute and full color.
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In a twist on the classic song, author Ken Baker has the farmer sing about owning a dragon. Needless to say, his fellow farm animals are not thrilled about this newest addition. In turn, the cow, sheep, pigs, and pet dog complain, but before they can finish their complaints, the dragon swoops down and swallows them up. Soon, Farmer McDonald realizes that having a dragon on a farm may not be such a good thing after all.

Illustrations by Christopher Santoro bring the dragon and the other farm animals to life, most humorously, especially as the dragon becomes ever more sluggish with every delectable farm morsel he consumes. Thist may not be the best book for young children, if they are not acquainted with the ways of dragons, but it will definitely help break the monotony some adults endure in singing the same song over and over. It's almost like a combination of Old McDonald and the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
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My kids and I LOVE this book. My daughter is obsessed with dragons so when I saw this I knew I had to buy it. It is a great book to do voices with, the kids all love hearing it and my husband and I both love reading it. The art is done very well, the wording is clever. I'm thinking of ordering a couple more to keep on hand for birthday gifts.
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This is a great story that takes your typical Old MacDonald storyline and shows what happens if you throw a dragon in there :) The color were vivid, the storyline entertaining, and the characters are fun! I also found that the author has a site where you can look up ways to use this book in a classroom or at home to work on reading skills with your student. I'm actually going to be using myself for a lesson in a classroom where I volunteer in just a few weeks.
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This is a wonderful book....my 2 1/2 year old grandson loves this book and will lift up his shirt to show me all the animals in his belly! Great story line......I would recommend this book for a toddler!
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I substitute words for my 5-yr-old audience, but will work into using (and defining) the ones the author used. The story is creative, lacks gore and isn't scary, and has a silly-happy ending. The illustrator did a fabulous job. I'm very satisfied with my choice.
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