Cock-a-Doodle Oops!

3 Jun

18406841Cock-a-Doodle Oops! written by Lori Degman and illustrated by Deborah Zemke (2014)

Rooster has decided to go on beach vacation for a week and he leaves instructions with the rest of the farm animals to take over the responsibility of waking up Farmer McPeeper who is a very deep sleeper. Each day a different animal takes his or her turn at waking Farmer McPeeper. But cock-a-doodle-squeal and cock-a-doodle-baa and cock-a-doodle-moo and all the other cock-a-doodle-noises just don’t have the waking power needed to wake up sleepy Farmer McPeeper. To make matters worse, Rooster returns from the beach with a bad cold and can’t crow. Finally Cow comes up with a plan to wake Farmer McPeeper with a wake-up call on the phone. Farmer McPeeper wakes up to the weak call of his rooster. Sore and hungry and with a week-old beard, he rushes to the barn and decides that poor sick Rooster needs a week’s vacation to take care of his voice!

Lori Degman writes with perfect rhyme and meter! There’s no way you could read this book out of rhythm. And the humor is spot-on! Readers will love the images evoked by such phrases as when Farmer McPeeper was described as such a deep sleeper that ‘not even an earthquake could shake him’ or when the talented cow announces that he is a master, but his cock-a-doodle-MOOOOOO was ‘an udder disaster’!

Deborah Zemke’s caricatures of the farm animals are hilarious and will have readers entertained as they follow the trials and blunders of their attempts to wake up Farmer McPeeper.

I swear I look the same way Farmer McPeeper does when I wake up in the morning to a loud and obnoxious alarm clock, although I rarely feel like I’ve slept for a week… what luxury! There are lots of farm books on the market, and just when you think there couldn’t be another fresh take on an old subject along comes Cock-a-Doodle-Oops! Pick up your own copy soon, I know you’ll crow about it too!

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12 Responses to “Cock-a-Doodle Oops!”

  1. loridegman September 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    Somehow I missed this review! Thanks so much for the kind words about Cock-a-Doodle Oops! I really appreciate it!

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    • Juliana Lee September 16, 2016 at 4:30 PM #

      Always a fan of your work Lori! Norbert is my new hero!

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  2. Patricia Tilton June 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM #

    Like this book a lot. Saw it reviewed before. Must check it out. Thanks.

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  3. KidLitReviews June 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM #

    I’ve also reviewed this book and think it is going to be a great success. I love your reviews. The entire book is terrific and made me laugh so hard I couldn’t read it straight through the first time. Kids will adore this one and want repeat readings. Your review should help.

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    • Juliana Lee June 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM #

      Thank you for such kind comments! I loved this book too. And I hope to share the books I love with others through this blog. Hopefully my reviews will find an audience with the same tastes that I have! 🙂

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      • KidLitReviews June 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM #

        They will. It may take time, but it will. Review sites can take up to three years before Publishers give them any honest due, but they will. You are going to do terrific! “Build it and they will come.” 🙂

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  4. orthodoxmom3 June 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

    This sounds like a lovely book that would be perfect for my youngest right now! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    • Juliana Lee June 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

      If she likes fun with words and making farm animal noises like my granddaughters do, she’ll love it!

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      • orthodoxmom3 June 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM #

        He loves making noises that’s for sure!

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        • Juliana Lee June 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM #

          Heehee. Don’t tell him I said ‘she’! And, yes I’m sure he loves making noises. What self-respecting child doesn’t!

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