Barnyard banter

Denise Fleming, 1950-

Big book - 2008

All the farm animals are where they should be, clucking and mucking, mewing and cooing, except for the missing goose.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Henry Holt 2008.
Main Author
Denise Fleming, 1950- (-)
1st Big Book ed
Item Description
Reprint. Originally published: c1994.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 45 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Like Fleming's other picture books, this is a lot of noisy fun. Here, her handmade paper pictures are brighter and grittier, with coffee grounds and real oats worked into the pulp. As for the story, a pure white goose tours a farm visiting her friends, and each responds appropriately. Large, thick black lettering scattered around the double-page spreads shouts out, "Hee haw, haw . . . caw, caw, caw." Readers will watch for Goose in each picture; expect a lot of honking by story's end. As usual, Fleming has created another original, excitingly designed book for the youngest children. ~--Kathryn Broderick

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Finally, Denise Fleming fans will be crowing now that Barnyard Banter is in a board book edition. With "Cows in the pasture,/ moo, moo, moo" and Roosters in the barnyard,/ cock-a-doodle-doo," young children will happily follow Goose, chasing a butterfly around a lush and colorful farm. ( May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Roosters, cows, crows, hens, kittens, etc., noisly go about their barnyard business except for Goose, who silently flits through each scene chasing an elusive butterfly. She finally makes herself heard on the last double-page spread. Strong rhythm and rhyme, plus fun onomatopoeic animal sounds, demand reading aloud. But even more delightful than the engaging text are Fleming's spectacular illustrations, created by pouring cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils. They create realistically textured, bold, bright settings for the whimsical critters to romp through. Intimate perspectives (tucked in the hay loft at kitten's-eye level, wallowing with mud-mucking pigs), reminiscent of In the Tall, Tall Grass (Holt, 1991), make Barnyard Banter one more plus to Fleming's already impressive collection.-Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Richly mottled papers in sumptuous collage introduce an energetic and noisy assortment of domestic and wild animals in this barnyard tour. The simple catalog of animals and their sounds is extended into a bit of a guessing game with the presence of a red-billed goose who pursues a yellow butterfly through each scene. This imaginative illumination of a very basic and familiar scheme is masterful. From HORN BOOK 1994, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Each in their niche--hens in the henhouse, mice in the grain bin, and so on--the animals make their traditional exclamations as the barnyard goose careens through, chasing a bright yellow butterfly. Lush colors, startled, wide-eyed animals, and bold, black print make each page of this latest offering from a new Caldecott honoree (In the Small, Small Pond, 1993) jump with activity. Good for either group or lap reading; up close, you can really appreciate the texture Fleming creates in her specially handmade paper by incorporating such materials as coffee grounds and oats. Youngsters can responding to a repeated question (``Where's goose?''), and the familiar animal voices will please them; here, they can also enrich their vocabularies with such descriptives as ``wallow,'' ``paddock,'' and, of course, ``banter.'' (Picture book. 1-4)

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