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The Farm That Mac Built

Clarion. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544113022.
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PreS-Gr 1–A friendly scarecrow is the master of ceremonies for a play based on “The House That Jack Built,” featuring a cast from Old MacDonald’s farm. However, things quickly go sideways when a bevy of non-farm animals, including mischievous monkeys, hip-hopping kangaroos, and singing elephants, decide to get in on the act, resulting in chaos on stage. Finally, the farm animals get their act together and take their bows. But with a wink to the audience, the last page reveals a few remaining backstage antics by a couple of interlopers.
VERDICT Lots of word repetition and animal sound effects, combined with Urbanovic’s comically expressive cartoon illustrations, make this a rollicking read-aloud that will encourage young readers to join in on the silliness.

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