“Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O.” That’s the beginning of the traditional verse in which farm animals are introduced, one by one. But when Farmer MacDonald acquires a dragon, all the farm animals are alarmed and disappear, one by one. Utah author Ken Baker gives a new twist to an old nonsense song with a sudden conclusion that will assuredly bring giggles and demands to “read it again!” The clever script is laced with puns, such as the cow having a “beef” with Old MacDonald, who retorts that the animal is “bull-headed.” Reading aloud is a must to catch the delicious alliterations in which the “dragon wilted its wings and waddled away,” or “With a lick of its lips and a flash of fire, it flapped its wings and flew away….” Flashy, bold, digitally rendered cartoon-like artwork captures the humor and carries the story through a fresh new version that will delight young listeners who may want to sing and act out the whole adventure. --Marilou Sorensen Deseret News, October 6, 2012
About the Author
Ken Baker is also the author of Cow Can’t Sleep
, illustrated by Steve Gray, and Brave Little Monster
, illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes. Ken grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Utah with his family. He enjoys attending writers’ workshops and conferences and presenting his books at schools. Learn more: www.kenbakerbooks.com
Christopher Santoro has illustrated more than thirty children’s books, including a number of picture books written by Dom DeLuise. Christopher’s work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Library Association, and The New Yorker. His most recent book is Grandpappy Snippy Snappies by Lynn Plourde. He lives in Key West, Florida.