While this book is penned for children and is essentially a retelling of the endless song we all know (e-i-e-i-o), the drawings are a bit dark/spooky/muted in color for our personal taste, like a sepia sort of Tim Burton style. The illustrations did not seem to catch/engage my toddler and did not present much in the way opportunity for additional dialogue, which is something I look for and enjoy when reading with my child. Spoiler alert – there is not a plot twist (using term loosely) until the end when Old MacDonald has a bear show up on his farm (e-i-e-i uh oh….).
Nothing too gruesome happens at this point, thankfully. While the author includes notes of his background and inspiration, which includes talented gothic/spooky illustrations, neither my toddler son nor I really enjoyed this book. I do appreciate his passion and sharing of his personal story however. We will continue to enjoy other versions of everyone’s favorite farmer.
Bienvenidos a Mi Mundo! My name is Megan and I’m a problem solving, decision making, left brain leader by day, simmering right brain artist with crafting ideas waiting to spill over at almost all other times, and a lover making and eating good food and devouring good books. At home I am the mother of 6 hens, a backyard apiary and a one-eyed rescue dog, and the newest edition – a beautiful boy, with who I am absolutely smitten. I have a lifelong love of reading and passion for childhood literacy. I have set this tone with my family through daily reading, special topics and engaging them and those around me in philanthropy focused on fostering reading between parents and children.
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