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*****Serious Farm

by Tim Egan

Reviewed December 6, 2003.
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2003.  32 pages.
Avaliable on for $10.50 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (E EGA).
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #2, New Picture Books

Farmer Fred is a serious man, and so are the animals on his farm.

One night, Edna, the cow tells the other animals that they need some laughter.  It’s okay to be serious, but not all the time.  They decide to form a plan to make the farm more fun.

Farmer Fred is a tough case.  No matter what silly things the animals do, they can’t get him to laugh.  Finally, they’re driven to desperate measures.  What finally makes him chuckle is something that the animals find quite serious.

What makes this book hilarious is the ever so expressive pictures.  The subtle changes in the animals’ faces when they are serious, laughing, or afraid are done just right.  This is the sort of hilarious picture book that I force everyone around me to read.  A real treat for kids and adults of all ages.

Review of another book by Tim Egan:
Dodsworth in Rome
Dodsworth in Tokyo

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