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"Giggle, Giggle, Quack" by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Ages 4-9.

In the author's previous book, "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type," Farmer Brown gives in to typewritten demands from his cows and hens for electric blankets and from the ducks for a diving board.

Now, he needs a vacation. He hands over a list of instructions to his "city slicker" brother, Bob, and leaves for Hawaii. But we know something's up when the first note reads, "Tuesday night is pizza night (not the frozen kind!)," and we see Duck with a pencil in his beak.

The unsuspecting Bob complies with the request and in no time seven pizzas are delivered to the barn. (Giggle, giggle, quack.)

"Wednesday is bath day for the pigs. ... Remember they have very sensitive skin," the next note reads. Of course, they like to use Farmer Brown's best bubble bath and towels. (Giggle, giggle, oink.) Farmer Brown checks in by phone a few times, but doesn't become suspicious until he calls - on movie night - and hears "Giggle, giggle, quack, giggle, moo, giggle, oink."

While the refrain, "Giggle, giggle, quack," isn't as catchy as "Click, clack, moo, Click, clack, moo" from the first book, Cronin has created a hilarious story that kids and adults will enjoy reading together.

Grown-ups will love the cow's movie choice, "The Sound of Moosic," and children will laugh at the animals' antics. Betsy Lewin received a Caldecott Honor Award for the illustrations in "Click, Clack, Moo" and she has interjected an abundance of humor into the sequel.

The cover illustration - Duck holding pencil and paper as the cows, pigs and hens laugh merrily - lets readers know they're in for a good time and provides a clue to the writer of the "mysterious" notes.

- Susan Jewett,

Riverbend Elementary School librarian
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 11, 2002
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