Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round

Teri Sloat, Author, Nadine Bernard Westcott, Author, Nadine Bernard Westcott, Illustrator
Teri Sloat, Author, Nadine Bernard Westcott, Author, Nadine Bernard Westcott, Illustrator DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7894-2512-6
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Sloat and Westcott, who teamed up for The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown, offer tongue-twisting rhyme and two Farmer Brown-twisting tornadoes. As Farmer Brown completes his chores, a powerful wind sweeps him up along with all his animals. ""While clouds of sheep swirled through the air,/ The clothesline chased the goat and mare/ Until each one had on a pair/ Of Farmer Brown's plaid underwear!"" When the crowd crash-lands back in the barnyard, Farmer Brown discovers that something is amiss: ""His cows oinked,/ The pigs moo'd,/ His sheep clucked,/ The cat coo'd."" In the ensuing mayhem, sheep try to lay eggs, cows wallow in the mud and Farmer Brown crows ""Cock-a-doodle-doo!"" It takes the return of the twister to restore the group's proper personalities and behaviors. Sloat spins entertaining verse, and a silly mood prevails. Westcott composes cartoon voice bubbles that divulge a confused dog's ""neigh"" and a goat's ""meow."" Instead of illustrations that show the threatening storm, the whole cast suddenly appears in midair, wrapped in a swirl of white. The tornado theme may not be hilarious for Midwesterners, but if readers can handle The Wizard of Oz, this should be (ahem) a breeze. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
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