Amy Huntington, Author . Scholastic/Orchard $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-439-29304-4

Annabelle the farm girl knows something strange has blown into town when she is awakened on Monday by the tickle of billowing bedroom curtains. Outside, it's so windy that a mouse sails by on a paper airplane, the barn's windmill stoops and "the tin roof banged like thunder." Each day brings an escalation of gusts: by Friday, the frogs can "belly-surf" on the trough, and the poor Holstein is stripped of her spots. Finally, the wind exits—only to be replaced by a downpour so prodigious that the farm animals get outfitted in raingear. In her first children's book, Huntington writes with the homespun exaggeration of a tall tale: "On Wednesday, it was so windy,/ carrots and turnips twisted out of the garden beds,/ and the corn picked itself." (Throughout, the typography looks a little wind-tossed, too.) The light, elegant touch and dry wit of Huntington's double-spread watercolors make it possible to believe that anything is capable of being airborne—even a passel of plump farm cats. This tale shares a premise with Phyllis Root and Helen Craig's One Windy Wednesday (1997), but Huntington's originality is never in doubt. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/22/2001
Release date: 09/01/2001
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