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Written and Illustrated by: Iza Trapani
Publication Date: September 2017
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: October 3, 2017
Old MacDonald may have a farm, but now he also has a zoo! And watch out because things are about to get pretty darn crazy!
The day starts out well enough for Old MacDonald. With a smile on his face, he begins to milk his cow. His cow is happy, his dog, rolling in the hay, is happy, and even the three tiny mice are having a good time. But when he heads out to feed his pigs, Old MacDonald sees something he has never seen before on his farm…a kangaroo! And that kangaroo isn’t just hopping by his fields. That sly kangaroo is hop, hop, hopping through the pig pen, sending mud everywhere, including right onto Old MacDonald. Eeek!
Covered in mud, Old MacDonald heads to the nearby water trough when what does he see but an…elephant! When the zebras show up, Old MacDonald’s smile turns to a frown. Something is up…
Old MacDonald Had a…Zoo? is a laugh-out-loud funny tale that kids will absolutely love. The author, Iza Trapani, takes a very familiar song, and turns it into a very, very, silly story/song that kids will want read, or sung, to them over and over.
Old MacDonald heard a crunch, E-I-E-I-O.
Zebras helped themselves to lunch, E-I-E-I-O.
With a chomp above, and a chomp below,
Here a chomp, there a chomp,
Everywhere a chomp chomp,
What a hungry, messy bunch, E-I-E-I-O.
Iza Trapani has written numerous picture books where she takes popular nursery rhymes and gives them new life with ingenious re-imaginations. Her newest, Old MacDonald, has to be one of my favorites. Clever, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this is definitely one book you’ll want to add to your child’s bookshelf.
Quill says: Old MacDonald is having a rough day when he’s visited by all sorts of lovable zoo animals. Laughs will be numerous as you turn the pages and you’ll be reading this book over and over at bedtime to your little ones.