Thump, Quack, Moo : a whacky adventure

by Doreen Cronin

Other authorsBetsy Lewin (Illustrator)
Paper Book, 2008



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New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2008.


The annual Corn Maze Festival is coming and everyday the chickens, cows, and Duck help Farmer Brown--with a few bribes--to create a special Statue of Liberty corn maze, and every night Duck works hard recreating his own surprise.

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LibraryThing member shelf-employed
I am a big fan of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, Duck for President, and Dooby Dooby Moo, but this latest collaboration by Cronin and Lewin is missing the same cleverness as the other titles. Duck is, of course, cooking up a scheme ; and is at odds with Farmer Brown, but his work in altering
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the farmer's corn maze is done clandestinely. The humorous back-and-forth between Duck, Farmer Brown, and the other animals is missing. They are working at cross-purposes towards a humorous and clever ending, but the witty interactions are absent.

Of course, fans will love Thump, Quack, Moo anyway, but this is not Cronin's best... And be careful with the fold-out ending! It's not easily managed by big or little hands - my copy tore on the first attempt to open it!
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LibraryThing member tamilarson
Duck is at it again! This time he is sneaking out at night to 'fix' farmer brown's corn maze... into the shape of himself!
LibraryThing member rsamet
This is a very funny picture book about a farmer who wants to build a corn maze shaped like the Statue of Liberty, but things don't go as he plans when he forces his barnyard animals to help! Finally, the farmer wants to view his masterpiece from the air, but the hot air balloon ride reveals that
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Duck has been making some modifications of his own. The wacky and colorful illustrations make the story, and the ending is a funny surprise that did not disappoint. Definitely consider reading this one before going through a corn maze with children. Recommended to be read to children ages 3-6.
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LibraryThing member srrush
The animals on the farm do not want to help until the farmer gives the specific jobs. The cows paint the barn, the mice tell the weather, and duck designs the maze. When the farmer and duck go up in the air balloon to see the maze, duck has designed the maze after himself. The maze is a statue of
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liberty duck!
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LibraryThing member simonl
The thick drawings along with the water colouring highlights the amusing nature of the animals, especially Duck. It is interesting to see the farm mice providing a weather forecast throughout the story. The forecast acts as a gauge to the mood of the story. A fold-out of the maze adds interest to
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the story.
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LibraryThing member lquilter
Meh. Not as good as the original "click, clack, moo". I did appreciate the use of special-ordered organic duck feed as a threat (that was funny), and there was some narrative tension (Is Duck going to ruin the maze?) that was satisfactorily resolved (no, Duck is just going to engage in some
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creative sabotage).
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LibraryThing member jsa110
Thump, Quack, Moo by Doreen Cronin is a great book when you are wanting to teach a child onomatopoeia. The sound words really makes them be able to hear what is happening in the story. It is about a farmer that is trying to get his corn field ready for a maze. He gets all the animals on the farm to
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help him out so that the maze will be ready on time. Every night the duck comes out and he sketches a little, measures a little, and cuts. Everything had a little twist when Farmer Brown woke up. He pays five dollars to get in to the hot air balloon ride to see his master piece, and it was the Statue of Liberty, but it was duck. This is a cute story for children to be able to read themselves, and enjoy.
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LibraryThing member benuathanasia
Not as good as its predecessor, but still an amusing little story. Good for young kids.
LibraryThing member mcondello
Farmer Brown is back with his not-so-helpful animals to build a spectacular corn maze of the Statue of Liberty. Or is it? The Cows, Mice, Chickens and of course, Duck, make their own contributions to this fun story.
LibraryThing member DiamondDog
We just received Thump, Quack, Moo: A wacky adventure by Doreen Cronin at our library. What a nice way to start a Thursday! I love the Cronin/Lewin books (Click, Clack, Moo; Duck for President; etc) so was excited to give this one a go and happily I can say that it didn't disappoint. Of course Duck
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is up to his ole tricks again and Farmer Brown's reaction is expected. Hint here, watch the mice - they could see it coming too! Pair this with Jane Simmon's Daisy and the Beastie and Duck and Goose by Tad Hills for a shared story time that will just quack you up.
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LibraryThing member Brittany_Leimer
This book has recurring themes and phrases that help readers predict what is coming. This book has some great vocabulary, for example: meteorology, correspondence, etc.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Hmm.  No happy ending here... well, I guess it's all about Duck getting his comeuppance....  But the mouse's meteorology course sub-plot was a bit disappointing.  Still, another worthy entry in the Cows that Type series.  Poor Farmer Brown....
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Farmer Brown and his barnyard animals are back in this hilarious hi-jinks adventure. With the annual Corn Maze Festival coming up, Farmer Brown is determined to create a masterpiece - a Statue of Liberty maze! - in his field. He convinced all the animals to help, by giving them hammers (the
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chickens), paintbrushes (the cows), and threatening their supply of organic feed (Duck). As usual though, Duck has some mischievous plane of his own...

I found Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure quite amusing, and chuckled aloud at a number of points. Given that this is the seventh picture-book that author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin have created about these characters, that is quite impressive. Duck remains one of my favorites, of course, given his humorously scheming nature, and well-developed sense of self-worth. Recommended to fans of the earlier books about these active, independent farmyard animals and their sometimes befuddled human caretaker.
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LibraryThing member adaq
Meh. Not as good as the original "click, clack, moo". I did appreciate the use of special-ordered organic duck feed as a threat (that was funny), and there was some narrative tension (Is Duck going to ruin the maze?) that was satisfactorily resolved (no, Duck is just going to engage in some
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creative sabotage).
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