Reviews for Rooster Can't Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Rooster wakes up with a sore throat and a big problem. How will the chores get done if he can't crow and wake up Farmer Ted? The other animals are quick with puns, but no one has a solution. Finally, everyone pitches in to help (with a lot of fooling around along the way). The comical illustrations make the most of the farmyard crisis and extend the text's droll humor. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #4
Rooster wakes up with a sore throat and a big problem. How will the chores get done if he can't crow and wake up Farmer Ted? He manages to rouse the other animals ("COUGH! COUGH!"), hoping they can help; but while everyone is quick with the puns (Hens: "You look eggz-hausted." Cows: "How udder-ly frustrating." Pigs: "That's a muddy big problem!"), no one has a solution. The comical pencil, ink, and marker illustrations make the most of the farmyard crisis; expressive use of line and varied perspectives extend the text's droll humor and give the cartoonlike animals personality plus. As the color-drenched sky changes from a pre-dawn to a mid-morning blue, the tension mounts. Thanks to a noisily formed animal pyramid, which allows Rooster to reach the third-floor bedroom window, Farmer Ted is finally awake, but "he's never going to finish the chores before sunset." Or will he? In the spirit of co-operation (and to prevent the cows' milk from curdling and the pigs from starving), all the animals pitch in to get the jobs done (with a lot of fooling around along the way). This udder-ly charming book is worth some story-hour crowing. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 May #1
Pity poor Rooster-he has a terrible sore throat, his tail feathers are drooping, and he can't possibly do his cock-a-doodle-doo to get the farm going in the morning. With whispers and coughing, he wakes up each set of animals on the farm, and they all go on to the next unhappy group until they reach the farmhouse to wake the farmer by forming an animal pyramid up to his window. Since Farmer Ted is now hopelessly behind in his chores, he receives help from all the animals in quite hilarious ways while Rooster rests in a lawn chair by the pond, sipping tea with honey to help his throat. Rostoker-Gruber has created a farm-animal story in the best tradition of cumulative tales but with the added spice of deadpan humor, groan-worthy puns, and witty dialogue appropriate to each species. The delightful illustrations are full of funny facial expressions and clever details that will have both children and adults giggling. Rooster might be under the weather, but his well-written story leaves the reader feeling just fine. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 July
PreS-Gr 2-Silenced by a sore throat, Rooster is unable to wake up Farmer Ted. The bird rouses the hens with a "Cough!" and they join him to awaken the cows, summon the sheep, and then wake up the pigs. Together, the animals implement a plan to get Farmer Ted out of bed. Once this is accomplished, he needs help to finish the chores before day's end. After the farmer brews warm tea and honey to soothe Rooster's sore throat, the rest of the gang assists him with the milking, feeding, egg gathering, and shearing. By sunset, the work is finished and Rooster has regained his crow. The story moves quickly and the text is packed with amusing puns. Cleanly executed in pencil, ink, marker, and colored pencil, the brightly colored, realistic cartoons add humor to the story. The pigs especially are real hams as they go about their share of the labor. The large size and simplicity of the drawings will work well for groups.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.