Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss is like one really funny joke, with a hilarious punchline at the end. I've read it to the Bachsters many times, and I always crack up!
In the story, the animals on the farm are bored because the kids have gone back to school. The hen announces that she is going into town "to find something to do." The others follow, and all the farm animals end up at the library. The hen tells the animals that she is going in to see if there's anything interesting for them, but the horse insists on going in instead. Once inside, the horse asks the librarian if she has any suggestions on activities for the animals, but she doesn't understand "neigh" so the horse leaves the library. Then, the cow tries, but the librarian doesn't speak "moo" so the cow leaves as well. The goat and the pig each try, too. It's very peculiar that the librarian thinks nothing of the farm animals traipsing through the library! Maybe she was born in a barn!
Anyway, it's our headstrong hen who gets the job done, as the librarian is very familiar with her request! I'll say no more because I don't want to spoil the joke.....but it is very cute & very funny!
The illustrations were done by Tiphanie Beeke, who also did the illustrations for Fletcher and the Falling Leaves & the other Fletcher books. Her style is cool in that you can see her watercolor marks very clearly & can also decipher the texture of her paper.
If you've got little ones that are picture-book age, this one is a must! It is so funny, it will have your kids - and you - laughing every time!