Juliet Dallas-Conte is an author and illustrator. She lives in London with her husband and three children. Alison Bartlett studied Illustration at Kingston University and has since illustrated books for a number of children's publishers, including Walker Books and Hodder. Her warm and charismatic depictions of animals have caught the imaginations of young children everywhere. She lives in Bristol.
This witty, rhythmic yarn introduces one very confused rooster. As the story opens, Rooster has forgotten how to crow: "When the sun came up in the morning, he took a deep breath and shouted... `Cock-a-Moo-Moo.' " Painted with large grainy brushstrokes in glowing colors, Bartlett's (A Story for Hippo) deceptively childlike opening spread establishes a spontaneous folkloric feel. Rooster continues to mimic the calls of his fellow farm animals ("Cock-a-Quack-Quack" and "Cock-a-Oink-Oink"); a predictable pattern of censure ("That's not right!") and correction ("Only cows go moo") encourages children to chime in. Debut author Dallas-Cont times the plot developments just right: Rooster's eventual vow never to crow again lasts only until a fox gets ready to raid the henhouse, when Rooster's noisy response turns him into a barnyard hero. Viewed mostly at close range, Bartlett's animals bustle around the pages, exuding the energy Dallas-Cont's writing suggests. Lots of fun. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-Rooster has forgotten how to crow. One morning he greets the sun by calling, "Cock-a-moo-moo!" After the cows remind him that only cows moo, he attempts to wake the barnyard with sounds of cock-a-quack-quack, cock-a-oink-oink, and cock-a-baa-baa. The ducks, pigs, and sheep point out his errors and the other chickens tell him that he is "getting it all wrong," and Rooster sadly decides that he will never crow again. But, that night, when the rest of the farm is sleeping, a fox sneaks into the henhouse. Mooing, quacking, oinking, and baaing, the heroic fowl wakes all the other creatures and they chase away the intruder. A proud rooster then crows, "cock-a-doodle-doo!" And he never gets it wrong again. With its breezy text, thoughtful pacing, and bouncing rhythm, Cock-a-Moo-Moo is an ideal read-aloud. The book lends itself to participation, and children will surely join in on Rooster's mixed-up crows. Bartlett's lush, sunny paintings and the playful design make the full-page spreads seem to quiver with energy. Pair this title with Bernard Most's Cock-a-Doodle-Moo! (Harcourt, 1996) to add a bit of humor and merriment to farm and animal-sound storytimes.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.