Old MacDonald’s Things That Go
Nosy Crow, 2016
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
This is a lively, quirky version of the traditional rhyme Old MacDonald had a Farm, except this time instead of exploring farm animals and the noises they make, it focuses on vehicles. Cars, tractors, combine harvesters … all feature in this hilarious romp which have the farm animals helping out and having the most extraordinary fun.
As with the original, it’s the rhyme, rhythm and repetition and the opportunity to join in with the noises that will make this a favourite while the big, bright, bold, hilarious illustrations add to the fun. They are full of vignettes and detail that there are new things to discover and discuss with each reading. Everything about this book invites the reader to join in and have fun too, from the first page where he’s armed with his banjo and all the creatures are joining in through to the delightful end!
Perfect for pre-schoolers as well as children who are learning English as their second language.