cover image Farmy Farm

Farmy Farm

Chris Raschka. Scholastic/Orchard, $8.99 (8p) ISBN 978-0-545-21981-5

With a nod to vintage 1950s-era picture books and a cuteness that borders on irony, Raschka's introduction to animal sounds offers brightly colored felt pages, silk-screened with paintings of doe-eyed farm animals. A na%C3%AFf rhyme addresses each character: "Ducky Duck,/ how about a snack?/ Ducky Duck,/ now you say Quack!" A smiling pig stands in a mud puddle against a purple background: "Piggy Pig,/ boink, boink, boink./ Piggy Pig,/ now you say Oink!" The book's repeated verse, buoyant palette, and soft texture should find an enthusiastic toddler-aged audience. Ages 2%E2%80%934. (Sept.)