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Bond, Rebecca.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 6.1

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

If you were a cow, you’d be better off living with Old MacDonald, or in the dell with the farmer and his wife–anywhere else but in the Baxter brothers’ barn! The animals who do live in Baxters’ barn are snug and happy until they learn from Burdock the one-eyed cat that Dewey, one of the brothers, is planning something terrible, something that puts them all in danger. Together they must come up with a way to escape the barn.

Can Burdock, Figgy Piggy, Nanny the goat and her kid, Fluff the sheep, Mrs. Brown the cow, and the two draft horses Pull and Tug work together? Can they get out of the locked barn in time? The tension mounts as Dewey sets his plan in motion and each animal is forced to find its inner strength. Their fear is palpable, but so is the coziness of the barn with the rain on the roof and smell of hay and old wood. When they must leave, will they be ready?

Short chapters and warm black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings will engage readers, who will be cheering for these lovable animals who want nothing more than a safe home and each other.
(Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

Booktalk #2

Burdock the one-eyed cat overhears some frightening news when he sneaks into the Baxter farmhouse to get warm, news that threatens the lives of all the barn animals. Figgy the pig, the goats Nanny and Tick, the enormous draft horses Pull and Tug, Fluff the sheep, and Mrs. Brown the cow all listen with concern as Burdock reveals the pending danger at a full barn meeting. After further warnings from Noctua the barn owl, they begin working as a team to devise a plan for escape. A looming storm adds to the tension as they use everyone's individual strengths to get the job done. Ms. Bond's beautiful pen and ink drawings add extra charm to this already delightful tale that celebrates friendship and teamwork. (Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

SUBJECTS:   Action and adventure fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
                        Domestic animals -- Fiction.
                        Farm life -- Fiction.

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