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Author: Doreen Cronin

Illustrator: Betsy Lewin

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Farmer Brown takes a vacation, he leaves instructions for his brother Bob, the animals' interim caretaker. Duck sends Bob notes with helpful hints of his own. This is a humorous tale where the animals appear to run the farm and re-direct their caretaker's activities by writing notes.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Started reading with child 21 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Immediately asked to read "Giggle" again. It's been months now & its still a must-read at nap and bedtimes. If we're not trying to read it ourselves, we are "Duck-ing" out loud.

Adult Reader Reaction: A cute story, with familiar animals and just the kind of humor and mischief toddlers love.

Pros: The format allows for interactive reading and more opportunities to practice 'talking like the animals.'

Cons: It's the same old collection of farm animals.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow it first, just to see if its one you'll like. It's one of those books that could be read lots over the years, or just as easily borrowed periodically when you need a laugh.


Educational Themes: None, really. Just beware of Duck carrying a pencil & paper.

Notes: See also Click-Clack, Moo (same author), which was incorporated into a "Between the Lions" episode. This is a follow-on book to that.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book series, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2003

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