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Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! illus. by Betsy Lewin. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Dec. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481444965. POP
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PreS-Gr 1—It's Valentine's Day on Farmer Brown's farm. Little Duck is getting ready for the big dance, decorating everything, and making valentines for everyone. Soon the guests arrive, with each species dancing with themselves. A little fox hears the revelry and makes her way to the party. While the other animals shrink in terror, Little Duck welcomes little fox, gives her a valentine, and they begin to dance together. Soon, all of the animals join in, grouped into interspecies couples, and enjoy themselves—until the cows come home. Lewin's trademark watercolor illustrations are in full force here. Her funny, expressive animals enhance the text, weaving in among the story as spot art, as well as single pages and spreads. When fox arrives, covered in hearts and streamers, she sits mournfully on the edge of the page, while across the gutter the rest of the animals recoil. As anthropomorphized as the animals are, they never speak, simply quack or yip, cleverly enhancing the story. Even the text is visual, with little fox's "yips" angling up the page as an enormous question. The economical text maximizes impact while giving the illustrations plenty of space to help tell the story. The textual simplicity and bright, clear visuals lend themselves well to storytimes and one-on-one reading, although the complexity of the pictures does invite more thorough contemplation.
VERDICT A delightful holiday addition to the canon, sure to please librarians and patrons alike.

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