You know that feeling of standing outside your barn at the end of the day, when a mouse wearing a ballgown runs past? That’s what The Farmer’s Away by Anne Vittur Kennedy is like. The animals do their version of ‘when the cat’s away,’ only here is a farmer working really hard in the field, and all his animals go out for some fun for the day.
I’m a bit puzzled, as I didn’t know farmers had snakes. Or frogs. Never mind, though. All the animals are in this together. They picnic. They water ski. They go to the theme park.
This story has no words. It goes oink, honk, cluck and moo. And countless other sounds. You’d better be good a being silly when you read this aloud, but soon your child will out-oink you. Splish. Neigh. Cock-a-doodle-doo.
Very funny. At least as long as I don’t actually have to quack, baa, ribbet.