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PreS-KÃ¢ÂÂChronicling the daily chores of a farmer, the simple text could apply to a typical farm. The pictures, however, let readers know that this farm is anything but typical. The farmer's day goes as expected: he wakes up early to feed, wash, and clean up after the animals, but the responsibilities are a little different when the animals are all dinosaurs. There are not a lot of chores mentioned, and because there is little text, it is the illustrations that really provide humour and tell the story. At the end of the day, the exhausted farmer forgets to lock the gate, and the dinosaurs crawl into bed with him. The collagelike illustrations are bold in both colour and size. The book presents a silly concept, and while the execution can feel forced at times, young children may find humour in the artwork. Both dinosaur books and farm books circulate readily, so this combination title should fare well. Recommended for larger collections.Ã¢ÂÂEmily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY
Frann Preston-Gannon has worked freelance for a variety of clients that include: Vintage Books, Sunday Publishing, The PRCA, Spears Magazine, Pavilion Books, the Times, and Burt's Bees. She is the author and illustrator of The Journey Home (Pavilion Press) and How to Lose a Lemur (Sterling). In April 2011, Frann became the first UK recipient of a Sendak Fellowship and spent a month living with and learning from the great master of illustration, Maurice Sendak, at his home in Connecticut. She was also awarded a bronze place for her unpublished children's illustrations in the 3x3 Magazine annual competition. She lives in London.
"First published in the UK in 2013, this day-on-the-farm book takes us through a farmer's chores from sunup to sunset. There's one huge factor complicating all the chores: dinosaurs. Not very scary-looking but very big, they have overrun the whole dang farm. The farmer uses the second person to describe his duties, starting with how you have to feed the animals: instead of the expected chicks and ducks and geese crowding around, this time it's a stampede of stegosauruses chasing the farmer and his yummy bale of hay. Next, the farmer washes the necks of looming allosauruses, shovels a small mountain of triceratops manure, and lugs a steak bigger than himself with a T. rex in full, slavering pursuit. The humor comes from the completely deadpan style of the farmer describing the chores, seemingly oblivious to the huge insects, plants, and dinosaurs surrounding him. The collage illustrations add texture and underscore the humor. Dinosaur-crazed children will love this romp." --Booklist Online